(TheProudRepublic.com) – A leading House Republican has declared a 370-page foreign aid and border security package, unveiled by Senate negotiators on Sunday, as a certain failure in the House, labeling it a “magnet” for more illegal immigration.
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana made it clear that the Senate legislation, introduced after Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma reached an agreement following weeks of negotiation, would not be welcomed in the House.
Criticism from some House Republicans was swift, particularly regarding the bill’s provisions for $60 billion in aid for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel, alongside measures addressing illegal immigration, which they argue fall short of securing the border.
“Let me be clear: The Senate Border Bill will NOT receive a vote in the House,” Scalise, the House majority leader, affirmed on X. “Here’s what the people pushing this ‘deal’ aren’t telling you: It accepts 5,000 illegal immigrants a day and gives automatic work permits to asylum recipients—a magnet for more illegal immigration.”
“This Joe Biden/Chuck Schumer Open Border Bill is an absolute non-starter and will further incentivize thousands of illegals to pour in across our borders daily,” stated Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik on X. “House Republicans have already passed HR2 – the Secure Our Border Act, which would actually secure the border and return to the effective Trump policies with the most secure border in our nation’s history.”
Other Republicans have called for a thorough review of the bill.
“It took the Senate months to build a bill,” Republican Rep. Tony Gonzalez of Texas noted. “I GUARANTEE it will take the House months to review EVERY line.”
“No self-respecting senator should agree to vote on this 370-page bill this week,” posted Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. “Any 41 senators can prevent the bill from proceeding. If you agree that senators should have this bill for at least a few weeks (and certainly more than a few days) before voting on it, say so!”
Some Republicans immediately criticized certain provisions of the bill for permitting hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants into the United States.
“The Senate Amnesty Bill literally would force President Trump to let in illegals well into his term,” Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida expressed. “Any Republican who votes for this is no better than a Democrat!”
“The Senate border ‘deal’ is an unserious attempt to show progress in an election year, when in reality, they bent the knee to Biden’s open-border agenda,” said Republican Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona.
Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake of Arizona targeted Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in a post on X.
“Pouring through this DISASTROUS Schumer-Sinema Border Bill,” Lake shared. “Maybe Kyrsten Sinema should run for Senate in Ukraine—her bill sends $60,000,000,000+ to Zelensky and $0 is allocated for a Border Wall. Once again they put America Last. What a disgrace!”
“And each year the Schumer-Sinema Border Bill legalizes nearly 2 million invaders who have breached our border during the Bidenvasion,” Lake continued. “This Bill is DOA. We the People will not sit idly by as crooked politicians make permanent these dangerous/deadly open borders.”
United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported over 302,000 illegal immigrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in December after nearly 380,000 illegal immigrants were encountered at the US Mexico border during the first two months of the fiscal year 2024 which started on Oct. 1 according to data released by the agency.
CBP also reported 2,045,838 encounters in fiscal year 2023, 2,206,436 in fiscal year 2022, and 1,659,206 in fiscal year 2021.
Republican Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas echoed Lake’s criticism regarding the substantial funding for Ukraine included in the bill.
“Reading through the alleged ‘border security’ package just released. First section is about Ukraine,” Cloud posted. “Tells you all you need to know about the absurd priorities underlining this bill.”
Senators Lankford and Murray did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the media.