House Freedom Caucus slams Senate border deal: ‘Dumpster fire’

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FIRST ON FOX: Members of the House Freedom Caucus are urging their conservative Senate colleagues to reject the recently released border security compromise, saying it does not go far enough to prevent a migrant crisis.

“It’s clear why the Democrats waited until the last minute to drop this dumpster fire of a bill, it’s far worse than we could have imagined,” said the former Chairman of the Freedom Caucus Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., told Fox News Digital Sunday night after the legislation was released. “The Senate must reject this sale of America.”

The proposal aims to tighten current immigration and asylum laws while also speeding up eligible asylum applications. It would also take President Biden and Department of Homeland Security authorities to temporarily shut down the border when it is over.

However, a majority of House Republicans have called for border reform that goes even further, pointing to the HR2 border security bill passed last year.

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Former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry came out against the border bill. (Getty Images)

Others, such as Freedom Caucus member Rep. Eli Crane, R-Ariz., continues to criticize his connection to the Democrats’ supplemental aid proposal that would also allocate $60 billion toward Ukraine and additional funding for Israel and elsewhere.

“Instead of fighting for a bad bill that will counter the onslaught ahead, weak Senate Republicans have been sidelined by Democrats, allowing their obsession with Ukraine to get their way.” – into their duty to America,” Crane told Fox News Digital. “This pathetic excuse for [a] Border security agreement gives Ukraine three times more than it allocates on the US border.”

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Rep. Ralph Norman, RS.C., told Fox News Digital, “At first glance, this ‘deal’ is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is a Ukraine border deal.” , not the U.S. border treaty.”

A sticking point for critics even before the bill was released was the authority rumored to allow 5,000 migrants into the country each day before implementing Title 42-like deportation authority. .

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Representative Ralph Norman also criticized the bill. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

What the text of the bill does is create a new “emergency border authority” to turn people away, which can be used if the average number of migrants they encounter reaches an average of 4,000 per day over a period of seven day. The authority would be mandatory if that number hits 5,000.

These powers can be used for up to 270 days in the first year of implementation, a number that will gradually decrease before the authority expires completely in three years.

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“The appropriate number of illegal aliens allowed into the US should be zero. The proposal is a slap in the face to Americans and should not be supported by any Republican (or Democrat, for that matter) give him,” Rep. Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., Fox News Digital said.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., the Senate’s chief Republican negotiator on the deal, called the idea that 5,000 people were “coming into the country” every day “absurd and false.” “

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Migrants try to cross the Mexico-United States border despite heightened security measures, in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on February 1, 2024. (David Peinado/Anadolu via Getty Images)

“The emergency authority is not designed to let 5,000 people in, it is designed to close the border and turn away 5,000 people,” he said on X.

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However, it’s not just GOP hardliners who are pumping the breaks on the bill. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., called it a “non-starter” and Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., vowed it wouldn’t get a House vote.

GOP Conference Policy Chairman Gary Palmer, R-Ala., wrote on X, “I can’t believe the Senate actually thinks this bill will make our border. support.”

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