On Sunday, three senators put forth a bipartisan deal on immigration in collaboration with the White House. This agreement would grant the president extensive abilities to address illegal border crossings, such as the ability to reject migrants and prevent them from seeking asylum.
After months of negotiations, a new deal is set to change American border policy. It aims to limit access to the asylum system during times of increased illegal immigration, making it more difficult for migrants to pass the initial asylum screenings. It also includes a stronger focus on deporting those who are deemed ineligible for refuge in the U.S. However, the agreement does maintain the option for asylum processing at official border crossings and permits migrants who pass their interviews to legally work in the U.S.
Sen. Bernie Sanders
The Republican Senator James Lankford, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, and independent Senator Bernie Sanders negotiated the agreement.
After Republican lawmakers insisted on changes to U.S. asylum laws in return for providing additional military aid to Ukraine, talks between President Biden and his top officials have been ongoing. If passed, the bipartisan agreement would mark the first significant revision to the U.S. immigration system since the 1990s when a comprehensive immigration law was last approved by Congress.