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Sinema on Johnson supporting border deal: ‘Everyone has an opportunity to be persuaded’

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) suggested Sunday that she might persuade House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) to support a potential bipartisan Senate agreement on the border. .

Sinema, one of the leading lawmakers involved in border negotiations, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he doesn’t know what Johnson will do with potential border legislation once it passes the Senate, but that Johnson He said he and other lawmakers could be persuaded. After they read the proposal, to support it.

He said Johnson and MPs would have “ample opportunity” to understand and ask questions about the deal, which has yet to be agreed in the House of Lords. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last month that any deal would be “null and void on arrival” in the House of Commons.

Asked if she could persuade Prime Minister Boris Johnson, she said: “I think everyone has a chance to be persuaded.” “So, Margaret, by persuasion I just mean read the law and understand how it works. These are changes to the asylum system so that cartels can’t exploit it. is a powerful new tool that will allow this administration and future administrations to actually control their borders.”

“And by giving governments a powerful new tool to require them to close borders during high-traffic times when too many people are seeking asylum and seeking entry.” she continued.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he had not been briefed on the Senate’s border talks.

Sinema also detailed the negotiations on “Face the Nation,” saying a potential agreement would end the practice of capture and release. He also said the proposed deal would require the U.S. to close its borders if encounters with migrants reach 5,000 people per day, a proposal that other lawmakers have also proposed.

“We are now requiring governments to actually close borders if that number reaches 5,000 per day. “We’re allowing the government to actually close the borders. The reason we’re doing that is because we want to be able to shut down the system when it gets overloaded,” she said.

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