Senate Democrats Divided As Biden Considers Border Crackdown

( — On Tuesday, April 10, President Joe Biden announced that he and his administration are considering drastic measures to cope with the ongoing border crisis. As hundreds of thousands of people cross the U.S. southern border every month, the Biden administration is working to see if it is feasible and legal for the president to unilaterally close the U.S.-Mexico border to migrants. There is some doubt whether or not he has that power, although some have suggested that he make an executive order to that effect and wait to see if the courts attempts to stop him.

With the 2024 elections looming, some Democrats have expressed dismay that immigration has become such a hot button issue, even among those who traditionally have supported it. Recent Rasmussen Reports have indicated that among likely voters, 51% of Democrats see the record numbers of illegal immigrants as a crisis. The numbers are even worse among black voters, with 63% regarding it as a crisis. Similar attitudes are found among women at 65% and younger voters at 62%. A majority of likely voters also characterize mass illegal immigration as an invasion.

Many Democratic lawmakers have expressed concern that the Biden administration’s vow to take steps to stem the tide would restrict access to asylum. California Democrat Senator Alex Padilla, who is himself the child of Mexican immigrants, commented that there are many tools available to improve America’s immigration system without denying asylum to those he claims are merely exercising their rights. Pennsylvania Democrat Senator Bob Casey believes that the Biden administration should just create a new deal that approximates the one that got shot down in January that Democrats generally thought was too harsh, but that Republicans said still allowed for invasion-level numbers.

The masses of people crossing the border and being given aid and support by the U.S. government have not slowed down, and it now includes many immigrants from nations that do not share a border with America. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus believes that they need to have a seat “at the table” during any immigration discussions, but with tens of thousands now crossing the border coming from places in the Middle East, China, Russia and Haiti, it’s unclear why they should have that privilege. While many Democrats are waiting to see what exactly the Biden administration proposes to do regarding the border crisis, voter polls are indicating that people are demanding change in border policies.

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