Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has announced plans for a second attempt at passing a ‘bipartisan’ border bill in the Senate, despite previous opposition from Republicans earlier this year. The move comes in response to the ongoing situation at the southern border, which remains a concerning issue for voters ahead of the upcoming November elections.

The Senate is set to take up the ‘bipartisan’ border deal as a stand-alone measure this week, although the vote is expected to fail due to opposition from both sides of the aisle. However, this allows Democratic leaders to shift the messaging against Republicans, as the border crisis continues to dominate political discussions on the campaign trail.

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One of the objectives of this new attempt is to provide vulnerable Democrats with an opportunity to publicly show their support for addressing the situation at the southern border. In a letter to colleagues, Schumer expressed hope that the ‘bipartisan’ proposal would encourage serious-minded Republicans to re-engage in discussions and advance a solution for the border crisis.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce is preparing for a hearing on antisemitism on college campuses, prompted by recent pro-Palestinian protests at universities across the country. Representatives from Northwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles, and Rutgers University are scheduled to testify. Additionally, legislation to prohibit noncitizens from voting in local elections in Washington, D.C., will also be addressed.

Schumer’s second attempt at passing the ‘bipartisan’ border deal comes over three months after a majority of Republicans voted against advancing the legislation, following negotiations and pressure from former President Trump. This issue has remained a key vulnerability for Joe Biden as he seeks reelection.

Despite the continued attention on the border crisis, this new proposal is unlikely to succeed. Republican Senator James Lankford raised doubts about Schumer’s intentions, stating that a serious, bipartisan conversation is needed to address the issue effectively, and that no such efforts have taken place.

“For more than three years now, Congressional Democrats have stood by while the Biden Administration has opened our borders to criminal drug cartels, terrorists, and untold millions of illegal immigrants. Now, Leader Schumer is trying give his vulnerable members cover by bringing a vote on a bill which has already failed once in the Senate because it would actually codify many of the disastrous Biden open border policies that created this crisis in the first place. Should it reach the House, the bill would be dead on arrival.

Since the beginning of this Congress, the House has passed multiple pieces of bipartisan legislation to secure the border and deport criminal illegal immigrants, including the Laken Riley Act. All of them have been blocked by Schumer and Senate Democrats. The Secure the Border Act (H.R.2), which would end the border catastrophe by resuming construction of the border wall, ending the exploitation of parole, reinstating Remain in Mexico, and ending catch-and-release, has also been collecting dust on Schumer’s desk for over a year. If Senate Democrats were actually serious about solving the problem and ending the border catastrophe, they would bring up H.R. 2 and pass it this week.” – Speaker Mike Johnson

Schumer acknowledged the slim chances of success for the bill in the Senate, noting that he expects to lose support from both Democrats and Republicans. However, he emphasized the importance of bipartisan cooperation when dealing with the complex and politically charged topic of immigration laws.

Last year, a ‘bipartisan’ group of senators, including Lankford, Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), initiated talks to develop a ‘bipartisan’ border deal. The proposed legislation, unveiled in February after months of negotiations, aimed to raise asylum screening standards, end “catch and release,” and grant new authority to close the border to most migrants when crossings reached a certain threshold, among other provisions.

Despite the efforts put into the legislation, most Republicans voted against advancing it, urged on by former President Trump. Consequently, Democratic leaders abandoned the proposal and pursued foreign aid legislation separately. In April, Congress eventually approved a foreign aid package, which Joe Biden signed into law.

House GOP leaders criticized Schumer’s latest attempt, stating that the ‘bipartisan’ bill would be rejected in the lower chamber. They argue that the bill would only codify the Biden regime’s failed open border policies that contributed to the current crisis.

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