White House engages on Ukraine/immigration stalemate

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The White House entered the Senate talks on Ukraine funding and immigration Tuesday afternoon, trying to break the stalemate by using momentum from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s personal plea for assistance earlier in the day.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, along with aides to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined the bipartisan talks, and President Joe Biden reportedly offered big concessions to Republicans on immigration. Those include “a new border authority to expel migrants without asylum screenings, as well as a dramatic expansion of immigration detention and deportations,” according to CBS News. Those are among the hard-line demands of the GOP that some congressional Democrats have rejected.

Sen. Alex Padilla of California told Punchbowl News he’s concerned that Biden might consider a reboot of the Title 42-like authority that the previous administration used to expedite the deportation of undocumented migrants. He also doesn’t want Biden to agree to limiting migrants’ ability to apply for asylum. “It’s just adding to my list of concerns about how the talks are going,” Padilla said. “We should not return to Trump’s failed policies.”

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