- On Saturday, Trump applauded the defeat of the border security bill in the Senate.
- Trump vehemently opposed the legislation, which Biden referred to as a “open borders” measure.
- Biden stated that he will hold Trump accountable through November for any border security issues.
On Saturday, former President Donald Trump celebrated his role in derailing bipartisan border security legislation through the Senate. Trump has consistently criticized the measure during his efforts to position immigration as a central issue in his 2024 campaign.
During a campaign rally in South Carolina, Trump, who had previously urged Republicans to abstain from passing the immigration measure, condemned the legislation in question as “catastrophic” and praised its subsequent failure in the Senate. The legislation, which also sought to enhance security at the US-Mexico frontier, would have entailed a comprehensive reform of the US asylum system.
“We also had another massive victory that every conservative should celebrate,” Trump asserted. “Our opposition thwarted Joe Biden’s disastrous open borders bill.” “[House Speaker] Mike Johnson and the entire group performed admirably in Congress.”
“We crushed it,” emphasized the former president.
Immigration has galvanized Trump’s supporters, which has proven to be a significant political liability for Biden, whose presidency has been marked by record apprehensions at the southern border. In the past year, immigration has been an issue on which the president has substantially lost support from the electorate, according to polling.
The bipartisan border bill is defeated, and the Border Security Alliance responds.
Biden ardently advocated for the border security measure, contending that it would grant him the authority to “shut down” the border in the event of an overabundance.
“I would use that authority the day I signed the bill into law if granted it,” he said in a statement from last month.
However, prominent conservatives on Capitol Hill criticized the measure and urged the Senate to instead consider HR 2, which was passed by the House under Republican control last year and is considerably more restrictive.
In the interim, Trump implored the Republican Party to reject the Senate measure, even claiming responsibility should it fail.
The Senate rejected the border security measure by a vote of 49-50 on Wednesday, falling far short of the 60 votes required to advance the legislation. The measure was opposed by five Democrats and one independent, while it was supported by a mere four Republicans.
Biden has declared his intention to shift the focus to immigration and holds Trump accountable for the failure of the measure.
The president stated last week at the White House, “Every day between now and November, the American people will know that the only reason the border is not secure is because of Donald Trump and his MAGA Republican allies.”