Republican Speaker Mike Johnson has caused quite a stir in Washington with his bold move to shut down Senate negotiations of a border compromise. After details of a draft were leaked online, Johnson put his foot down and discouraged further discussions.
But what’s really going on behind the scenes? According to sources, Johnson was not about to budge on his stance against a proposed border deal that would allow billions of American taxpayer dollars to go towards funding foreign aid, including Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia.
In a statement that has sent ripples through the political landscape, Johnson tweeted a resounding “Absolutely not” in response to Republican Senator James Lankford’s idea. It seems that Johnson is not one to back down when it comes to protecting American interests and taxpayer dollars.
The controversy doesn’t stop there. It has been reported that Lankford, who has been leading the charge on a potential compromise, even went so far as to discuss the negotiations with the Republican Study Committee. This move earned him a special Senate GOP conference meeting, but it seems that Johnson was not impressed.
Details of the proposed deal have been leaked, and let’s just say it’s not looking too good for Americans. The Immigration Accountability Project has revealed that the deal includes an increase in green cards to the tune of 50,000 per year, work permits for adult children of H-1B holders, and immediate work permits for every illegal alien released from custody.
Not only that, but this deal would also provide taxpayer-funded lawyers to certain unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and mentally incompetent aliens. It seems that Democrats are trying to exploit the system and use taxpayer money to provide amnesty for anyone who can make it across the border.
Absolutely not. pic.twitter.com/tkXma24r8M
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) January 13, 2024
But Johnson isn’t having any of it. During an interview on Face the Nation, he made his stance very clear. “If you don’t end catch and release as a policy, if you don’t reinstitute remain in Mexico, we won’t even consider this so-called compromise,” Johnson said.
Speaker Johnson has put it simply on Face The Nation.
We have to stop the flow first.
Everyone should be able to understand this and back this.
Why is the Senate refusing to do anything about this!?!
— Southern FFA Family (@FFAFamily) January 7, 2024
He also argued that any potential compromise must include the provisions of the GOP-passed H.R. 2 bill, which was designed to work together to fix the immigration crisis. Johnson stated that removing any of these provisions would only make matters worse and do nothing to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.