Trump Attacks Bipartisan Border Proposal As ‘Stupid Bill’

Recently, former President Donald Trump voiced his disapproval of an upcoming bill that seeks to integrate border security enhancements with assistance for Ukraine and Israel. Trump shared his objections on Truth Social, a social media platform he has recently embraced, focusing his criticism on a specific portion of the legislation. Fox News reports indicate that this contested section proposes a criterion where a seven-day rolling average surpassing 5,000 daily encounters at the border would activate an authority similar to Title 42, enabling the swift expulsion of migrants.

In his post, Trump highlighted his concerns about illegal aliens entering the country and their impact on cities and law enforcement. He emphasized the need to close the border and criticized the proposed bill for potentially allowing 5,000 people to enter the country daily. Trump urged lawmakers to reject the bill and referred to it as the “Stupid Bill,” asserting that its passage would worsen the situation at the border.

President Joe Biden’s previous request for supplemental funds, including support for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, border security, and humanitarian assistance, led to bipartisan Senate talks on immigration reforms sought by Republicans. While Biden has encouraged this endeavor, Trump called on Republicans not to settle for a compromise.

Trump’s influence within Congress appears to grow again, as he has recently secured victories in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Despite facing competition from Nikki Haley, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Trump has garnered endorsements from an increasing number of Republican lawmakers.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed support for the bipartisan talks. However, he acknowledged the changing political landscape with Trump emerging as the GOP frontrunner for the 2024 presidential contest. McConnell stressed the importance of not undermining Trump’s position.

Speaker Mike Johnson also weighed in on the matter, stating that if rumors about the Senate deal were true, it would be “dead on arrival” in the GOP-led House. He specifically highlighted concerns about any border “shutdown” authority that allows even one illegal crossing, emphasizing the need for a zero-tolerance approach.

Two critical negotiators in the Senate, Sens. Chris Murphy and James Lankford, have indicated that they are close to finalizing a deal and have received positive early feedback. However, they also acknowledged Trump’s influence in the matter. Murphy expressed concerns that if Republicans listen to Trump and reject the compromise, the bipartisan deal may be in jeopardy. Lankford mentioned the presence of misinformation surrounding the bill and looked forward to Trump reviewing it like everyone else.

As the discussions on the bill continue, it remains to be seen how Trump’s opposition and influence will shape the outcome. The debate over border security reforms and aid for Ukraine and Israel underscores lawmakers’ complex challenges in finding a balance between national security, humanitarian concerns, and political considerations.