Headline RoundupDecember 8th, 2022

Senators Sinema and Tillis Push Bipartisan Immigration Bill

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A group of bipartisan Senators are pushing to pass an immigration reform bill before the end of the year.

For Context: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) are pushing for the bill, which attempts to balance the interests of Republicans and Democrats. The bill would provide at least $25 billion in additional funding to border security agencies, while also creating protections for 2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States under the DACA program. The bill would also extend the Title 42 policy that allowed Border Patrol to turn away migrants, which a federal judge struck down last month.

Key Quotes: The Washington Post quoted Tillis stating, “I don’t think there’s any way we can pass immigration legislation without addressing the crisis at the border.” Fox News cited a statement from two former border and immigration officials that stated the proposal would overwhelm “an already besieged Border Patrol.” Jennie Murray, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum, called the bill a “strong step forward for this Congress to arrive at actual solutions. Americans know we need these kinds of solutions to address inflation, labor turmoil and border challenges.”

How the Media is Covering It: Coverage of the bipartisan push is limited, with the discussions still in the early stages. Most coverage is coming from outlets on the right, many of which make note of the impending end-of-year deadline and the obstacles the bill faces.

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