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Scalise: No vote for Senate border bill in House

House Minority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) declared Sunday that the Senate’s bipartisan border bill will not be taken up in the House after negotiators released the bill after months of debate.

Mr. Scalise echoed previous statements by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), citing claims that the bill would allow 5,000 immigrants per day, which negotiators say is false. ), criticized the asylum provisions in the earlier proposal.

“Let me be clear: the Senate border bill will not be voted on in the House,” Scalise said. posted on social media.

“Here’s what the people promoting this ‘deal’ are not saying: The deal will admit 5,000 illegal immigrants per day and automatically grant work permits to asylum seekers. and become a magnet for further illegal immigration.”

Mr Johnson has not commented on the bill since it was announced. He previously said it was his understanding that the package would be “dead on arrival” in the House of Commons.

Scalise’s comments point to an argument that has been echoing in conservative circles in recent weeks.

According to the bill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would have the authority to close the border if the number of migrant encounters reaches a threshold of 4,000 migrants per day. DHS would be required to close the border to all migrants without reservations if the daily average reaches 5,000 migrants.

At that point, the border will remain closed until DHS is able to process all migrants.

Negotiators and supporters of the bill have noted that these immigrants will not be able to enter the country freely, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) recently told reporters that all of these immigrants would be detained. or be sent to a program designed as an alternative. detention.

The Arizona Independent said, “The idea that 5,000 illegal aliens are entering the country every day is contrary to fact.” “They can’t stay, [get] enter the country. … They’re not roaming around the country like people today are when they come to the border. ”

of 370 page package The announcement was made Sunday evening after months of negotiations. The bill includes aid for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific, and humanitarian purposes, totaling $118 billion, of which $20 billion will go toward the border.

Conservatives in both houses of Congress almost immediately denounced the bill. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said the bill could only be days after the Senate releases it before Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-N.Y.) brings it up for a vote. , urged lawmakers to filibuster the bill.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus and their allies also condemned the proposal, calling it “completely betrayal, disgusting” and “totally unacceptable.”

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