Senate Dems wary that Schumer will betray them, cut border deal with GOP: ‘HELL NO’

It’s always amusing to watch the Left eat their own, but when progressive Democrat Senators go after Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over stricter border policy provisions in the national supplemental package, it places conservatives in the awkward position of having to root for the smug Senate Majority Leader.

“On Friday, White House officials, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and aides to Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met in the Capitol for the second time this week to continue negotiations,” Fox News Digital reports. “But the discussions are not sitting well with several Democratic senators, who worry that their party will make too many concessions to Republican demands for policy changes.”

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) — who, as BizPac Review has reported, is facing federal bribery charges — blasted Schumer Thursday on X.

“If [Schumer] thinks he can send us home for the weekend, quietly cave to Republicans’ anti-immigrant demands while nobody is watching, and then ambush Democrats expecting us to vote yes with a smile, he is TERRIBLY MISTAKEN,” he fumed. “[Schumer] and those Democrats who are contemplating these proposals need to understand that these Trumpian policies will do nothing to address our challenges at the border and will only exacerbate the problem.”

“Immigration advocates should speak up — HELL NO is the message,” he stated.

According to Axios, “Any Senate compromise faces an uncertain future in the House, where Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has made it clear that the GOP wants substantial changes to asylum, expulsion and detention procedures. There’s also entrenched opposition within the House GOP to additional funding for Ukraine, regardless of whether it’s paired with favorable border policies.”

“Until we start seeing language, it’s hard to tell,” Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) told the outlet. “What we hear is very concerning.”

“I’m very concerned about — and upset — about the lack of outreach,” Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said. “It feels like it’s sharing from afar, as opposed to speaking about specific details or movement of specific policy.”

Back on X, former House Rep. and failed Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke warned Democrats that the deal is a “bad” one.

“If Democrats agree to these failed Trump immigration policies they will reap: Increased crossing attempts; More migrant deaths; Depressed enthusiasm from progressive voters; [and] Blame for the chaos this is sure to produce,” he wrote on Friday.

“This is a bad deal,” he stated. “Senate Dems and WH should reject it.”

“I’m very concerned about the details,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told The Hill. “I’ve got no details about where the negotiations are, but obviously I have concerns.”

Booker also noted that “we don’t know who’s going to be president” after the 2024 election, making it impossible to know who will be enforcing new asylum and border security laws when 2025 begins.

According to The Hill, “Schumer told colleagues Thursday that he plans to schedule a vote on an emergency foreign aid package that will include border security reforms next week.”

“He said White House and Senate negotiators will work through the weekend to reach a framework agreement,” the outlet added.

Republicans are asking for asylum processing reforms, including immediate screenings, increased detention beds, and a beefed-up border patrol, Lankford, one of the lead negotiators for the GOP, told Fox News Digital this week.

“The administration was reportedly open to a nationwide expansion of expedited removal, which allows for recently entered migrants to be quickly removed if they do not meet the initial asylum standard,” the outlet reports. “Rapid expulsions are currently only being used near the border.”

“I’m always concerned when there’s serious conversations taking place with the lack of detail being shared,” Sen. Luján said, according to The Hill. “What’s going on right now resembles that.”

Melissa Fine


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