Reading Time: 2 minutes

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) firmly opposed the migration shutdown authority proposed in the Senate agreement, which seeks to combine aid for U.S. allies with border security reforms. Johnson, taking to social media, declared any border “shutdown” authority allowing even one illegal crossing as a non-starter, emphasizing the need for a zero-tolerance approach. The rumored provision in the Senate deal would trigger a Title 42-like authority to swiftly remove migrants if a seven-day rolling average exceeds 5,000 encounters a day.

Fox News reported on the contentious section, leading Johnson to express his strong disapproval. He insisted that thousands of illegal crossings per day are unacceptable and called for a complete halt. Senator James Lankford (R-OK), involved in the compromise deal negotiations, clarified that the provision’s purpose is to shut down the border in case of a rush of people approaching, not to permit 5,000 daily crossings. He outlined the bill’s focus on achieving zero illegal crossings, increasing Border Patrol agents, asylum officers, detention beds, and emphasizing swift deportation.

The Senate discussions aim to implement immigration reforms and allocate approximately $106 billion in supplemental funds for U.S. allies, including Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, along with border security and humanitarian assistance. Former President Donald Trump discouraged passing the deal unless it addresses the influx of millions of people into the country. Trump expressed confidence in House Speaker Mike Johnson, expecting him to negotiate a perfect deal on border security. Trump highlighted the critical role of strong borders and honest elections in preserving the country.

President Joe Biden, seeking re-election, has supported the bipartisan Senate negotiations on border security. He emphasized that the proposed reforms would be the toughest and fairest set in the country’s history, granting him emergency authority to shut down the border when overwhelmed. Biden pledged to use this authority the day the bill is signed into law, positioning the proposed legislation as a comprehensive solution to secure the border. The conservative perspective frames Johnson’s resistance as a principled stand against compromising on border security.