(TheProudRepublic.com) – After a recent discussion in the Senate, a Democratic senator showed his true colors and made some lamentable declarations on a crucial debate: the prioritization of aid to Ukraine over domestic border security measures.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ben Cardin emphasized the significance of supporting Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, even as concerns over border security intensify.
Since the onset of the Ukraine-Russia war in 2022, the United States has committed over $75 billion in aid to Ukraine. This commitment stands in contrast to the Republicans’ stance in the Senate, who have resisted a proposed $61 billion aid package to Israel, insisting it be coupled with reforms to enhance security at the U.S.-Mexico border. This demand arises amid a surge in illegal immigration at the southern border.
Cardin, responding to a question from the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), explicitly prioritized Ukraine over border security. His statement comes against a backdrop of Republican criticism in Congress, where Democrats are accused of neglecting border security. House Speaker Mike Johnson has articulated that any national security spending must prioritize America’s own security first.
While Cardin expressed a willingness to support a package that includes border security measures, he indicated a preference for addressing these issues separately. However, he acknowledged the need for a bipartisan approach, stating, “I’m okay with that. I don’t want it to stop the supplemental from passing.” Cardin also suggested that a compromise on asylum law reforms might be feasible, recognizing the importance of expedited processing for asylum seekers.
House Republicans, meanwhile, have expressed frustration over the Senate’s refusal to pass their bill, H.R. 2, the “Secure the Border Act.” This legislation, passed in May, advocates for the completion of the border wall initiated during the Trump administration and calls for reforms in asylum policies. Despite Republican support, the bill has faced staunch opposition from Democrats.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina highlighted the security risks posed by the current border situation, asserting that the Biden Administration and supporting Democrats have turned the southern border into a “national security nightmare.”
In contrast, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer emphasized the urgency of aiding Ukraine while criticizing H.R. 2. He stressed the impossibility of the bill’s passage in the Senate, given the unanimous opposition from Democrats, and the need to focus on delivering timely assistance to Ukraine.
In a move to reach a compromise, Schumer announced that the Senate would extend its session into the planned holiday recess, underscoring the critical nature of these negotiations.