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Mike Johnson Slams Senate Immigration Bill, Says it’s ‘Worse than we expected’

House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed strong disapproval for the Senate’s bipartisan bill aimed at reforming the immigration system and providing aid to Israel and Ukraine.

Johnson declared that if the bill reaches the House, it will be rejected, citing concerns about border security and immigration policies.

Johnson’s Critique

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House Speaker Mike Johnson did not mince words when criticizing the Senate’s bipartisan bill.

He labeled it as “even worse than expected” and asserted that it would fail to address the border crisis created by President Biden.

Dead on Arrival

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Johnson pointed to a comment from a lead Democrat negotiator that suggested that under this legislation, “the border never closes.”

He added, “If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival” in a statement on X.

House Majority Leader’s Stance

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House Majority Leader Steve Scalise joined in the criticism, declaring that the Senate Border Bill would not receive a vote in the House.

5,000 Immigrants a Day

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In a statement on X, Scalise wrote, “Here’s what the people pushing this “deal” aren’t telling you: It accepts 5,000 illegal immigrants a day and gives automatic work permits to asylum recipients—a magnet for more illegal immigration.”

GOP Whip’s Opposition

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GOP Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota echoed the sentiment that any Senate deal permitting even one illegal crossing would be rejected in the House.

Insult to The American People

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He called the bill “an insult to the American people” who’ve been forced to “bear the consequences of Democrats’ open-border policies.”

Strong Objections from GOP Conference Chair

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GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York, a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, voiced strong objections to the bill.

She called it an “absolute non-starter” that would encourage thousands of illegal border crossings daily.

Rank-and-File House Republicans’ Stand

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Rank-and-file House Republicans collectively expressed their opposition to the Senate bill, emphasizing that thorough review and scrutiny would be needed.

Months To Review

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Rep. Tony Gonzalez of Texas wrote, “It took the Senate months to build a bill. I GUARANTEE it will take the House months to review EVERY line.”

Senate Minority Leader’s Support

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In contrast, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed the Senate’s bipartisan bill, acknowledging Senator Lankford’s dedication to addressing the southern border crisis.

American Sovereignty At Test

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“America’s sovereignty is being tested here at home, and our credibility is being tested by emboldened adversaries around the world.

The challenges we face will not resolve themselves, nor will our adversaries wait for America to muster the resolve to meet them.

The Senate must carefully consider the opportunity in front of us and prepare to act,” McConnell added.

Senate Democrats’ Early Opposition

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While the Senate bill garnered bipartisan support, there was early opposition from Senate Democrats, including Alex Padilla of California.

Padilla criticized the deal, stating that it “misses the mark” and warned against implementing a Trump-era immigration policy that, in his view, would exacerbate border issues.

Debate Over Immigration Overhaul

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The Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill has ignited a contentious debate, with House Republicans strongly opposed to its provisions.

The bill’s fate remains uncertain as it faces resistance from both sides of the aisle, leaving the prospects of comprehensive immigration reform hanging in the balance.

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