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Why Democrats and Republicans Disagree on Southern Border, Migrant Policies

Posted on AllSides December 12th, 2023
From The Center
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Republicans' and Democrats' inability to cut a deal on border policies stems from deep-seeded ideological stances on how welcoming the U.S. should be to immigrants seeking refuge. 

Republicans say President Joe Biden’s policies are a welcome “magnet” for migrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border and try to fast-track entry into the country. 

“There is no more urgent threat to this nation than our wide open southern border,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said at a GOP press conference last week. “You heard these numbers; they're astonishing: 10,000 to 12,000 people a day...

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