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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the Senate will once again attempt to pass a bipartisan border security bill this week.

Schumer revealed this renewed effort after a previous attempt failed when Republicans withdrew their support. According to Democrats, the last bill failed because former President Donald Trump pressured Republicans not to pass a border security bill because it would help Biden politically. According to Republicans, the bill failed because it did not meet their demands for immigration reform. 

In a letter to senators, Schumer expressed hope that both parties could collaborate to pass the bipartisan Border Act. According to Schumer, the bill aims to reform US asylum laws, hire additional border agents, and reduce fentanyl smuggling, among other provisions.

Leaders of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives have criticized the bill as politically driven. House Speaker Mike Johnson, along with other Republicans, stated that the bill would not pass the House if it reached their chamber. Despite this opposition, the White House strongly supports the legislation.

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The previous version of this bill was linked to US foreign aid for Ukraine and Israel, but Schumer emphasized that the current bill stands independently. Since President Joe Biden took office in 2021, record numbers of migrants have crossed the US-Mexico border, making border security a central issue in the upcoming presidential campaign.


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