House Democrats Poised to Oppose Senate Border Deal

House Democrats Poised to Oppose Senate Border Deal

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
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February 6, 2024

Representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D-FL) spoke to The Floridian and expressed doubts about the newly released Senate border bill. Rep. Frost was asked if President Joe Biden (D) should pursue executive action if the deal ultimately fails in the House of Representatives.

According to CNN, the deal would still allow an influx of illegal immigrants into the country through the southern border but provide $20.23 billion for “operational needs and capabilities” and resources for the newly proposed border policies.

The $118.2 billion package in total would offer more than $60 billion in aid to Ukraine and $14.1 billion for Israel as well.

Congressman Frost mentioned that he is leaning toward not supporting the deal but hasn’t made up his mind. The deal in its entirety was released Sunday and Frost stated that he isn’t “done” processing the bill.

He continued, however, by commenting on whether President Biden should pursue executive action if the bill fails.

“Well, it’s my understanding that a lot of the things that we’re seeing in the bill are things he can’t do, which is the reason why they’ve (Republicans) engaged with this lengthy process anyway. I’ve been very vocal about not being happy about the process because we’ve been excluded from it.”

Furthermore, Frost said that Biden should do more, but it depends on what he’s allowed to do under the law.

“Depending on what it is, I think we need to do our job and pass it,” concluded Frost.

Recently, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) said the bill was “dead on arrival.”

Rep. Donalds kept it even simpler, calling the bill “trash.”

“5,000 illegal aliens per day. 150,000 illegal aliens per month. 1,800,000 illegal aliens per year. $60+ BILLION MORE to Ukraine. This Senate deal is TRASH, plain and simple. 269 days ago, [the] House GOP passed a REAL SOLUTION to the border crisis, H.R. 2,” said the Florida congressman.

During an interview with The Floridian, Rep. Donalds asserted that the case being made to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas could be applied to President Biden, accusing the president of having the responsibility “to execute federal law,” but has failed to do so.

“He has directed Alejandro Mayorkas to make these crazy divergences from federal law when it comes to securing our southern border, so if we are going to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas for this, I definitely believe those are grounds for impeachment for Joe Biden,” said Rep. Donalds.

Congressmen Frost and Donalds represent Florida’s 10th and 19th Districts, respectively.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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