On Sunday, Senate negotiators released the text of a $118 billion bipartisan bill to reform the country’s immigration policies. The negotiators were Jim Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), and Krysten Sinema (I-Arizona).
Mike Johnson, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, said the bill will be “dead on arrival” in the House:
It is worth nothing that Lankford is one of the most conservative members of the Senate. Both Lankford and Johnson are evangelical Christians. The former is trying to do something about the border in a bipartisan way. The other is a lackey of Donald Trump. Trump opposes the bill because he wants to campaign in 2024 on a broken border system.
The former president is now pretending he didn’t endorse Lankford in his 2022 Senate run:
Another Trump lie:
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Lankford is making the rounds on the conservative news shows:
So what should we know about this bill? The Hill says:
- The bill does not really “shut down” the border
- The bill benefits some immigrants by protecting Dreamers and expanding work permits
- The bill hurts Mexican immigrants more than any other group.
- The bill makes asylum tougher, but faster.
- It is unlikely the bill will pass.
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