White House Orders Senate Democrats To Support Bill

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(TheRedWire.com) – On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pushed for senators to take action and pass a border security bill despite having previously voted against the measure earlier this year. 

In a statement, Jean-Pierre argued that this legislation could help bring important policy changes to the border, while also increasing the resources and personnel available making the country safer. She proceeded to point out that the bill would include funding for thousands of new Border Patrol agents to be sent to the Southern border, while it would also help with technological investments specifically aiming to target drug traffickers and block the entry of fentanyl into the country. 

The additional agents are also going to be important for working through the backlog of asylum cases that immigration and asylum officers currently have to deal with. Jean-Pierre pointed out that the Biden administration has expressed strong support for this legislation and called for both parties to support and vote in favor of the border bill. 

On Sunday Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that this week the Senate would be voting on the bill as a stand-alone measure. However, as the bill has received a lot of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum it is unlikely that it will successfully pass through the Senate. Still, this vote is going to allow the Democrats to fight against the Republican messaging regarding the U.S. border and immigration.

The bill had failed earlier this year after former President Donald Trump strongly pushed against it, and claimed that it would be a bill that only benefited the Democrats.

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