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Thousands of illegal migrants would be let into US under Senate border deal: report

The deal's top negotiator Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said those criticizing the deal haven't seen the outlines. 

Published: January 13, 2024 3:18pm

The Senate border deal currently being negotiated reportedly would allow about 5,000 illegal immigrants into the U.S. per day and make many of them eligible for work permits.

Government relations director at the Immigration Accountability Project, Rosemary Jenks, said in an interview with The Washington Times that the current deal includes a right to government-funded lawyers for illegal immigrant children who are having a hard time getting through the immigration courts, and legal immigration would be expanded. 

Republicans in exchange would get to have more power when it comes to deportation, but not any crackdown on Homeland Security’s power to “parole” illegal immigrants directly into the country. 

Jenks told the outlet that this deal would do little to nothing to stop the flow of people coming into the U.S. on a daily basis. 

“I think we’d be lucky if it didn’t increase,” she said. “There’s nothing in this that I have seen or been told about that stops catch-and-release.”

The deal's top GOP negotiator, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said those criticizing the deal haven't seen the outlines. 

“There are generational changes in border security laws that are included in the text being drafted. I would encourage everyone to read the bill when it comes out before they determine their opinion on something they have not even seen,” he told The Washington Times

Jenks told Steve Bannon Saturday on his show, "War Room," on Real America's Voice, that Lankford had received a call about this from Stephen Dinan, one of the reporters who wrote the article for The Washington Times, and that he was not happy about it. Lankford in turn contacted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel's office, which then contacted Jenks and gave her, in her words, "a stern warning that I should basically shut up and be a good little girl and not talk about this plan until the text comes out, and stop causing trouble."

During a private meeting with Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that the release rate for illegal immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border is "above 85%," sources told Fox News.

Recently, three prominent House committee chairmen floated a suspension on funds for processing and releasing illegal migrants into the U.S. 

"I think we should just say ... no money can be used to process or release into the country any new migrants," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said on the "Just the News, No Noise"TV show. "The problem is so egregious and so bad. We gotta just say 'timeout. Suspend entry.'"

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