Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford took to the X speech Sunday night to defend the foreign aid and border security bill he negotiated with Democrats, but faced withering criticism on social media sites.
The announcement was made by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. sentence A bill providing $60 billion in aid to Ukraine and $14 billion to Israel was passed Sunday evening after Democrats engaged in weeks of negotiations with Mr. Lankford. Lankford sought to defend the bill even after House Republicans suggested it was dead on arrival. (Related article: 'You'll be shocked': Greg Abbott tells Tucker he's 'ready' to confront Biden over control of National Guard)
“Border emergency authorities are the most misunderstood or simply misrepresented part of this bill,” Lankford said. Posted on social media sites. “Some say this will result in 5,000 people entering the country every day. That's absurd and untrue.”
“Emergency authorities are not designed to let 5,000 people into the country. They are designed to close the border and divert 5,000 people,” Lankford added in the second. post.
Border emergency authorities are the most misunderstood or simply misrepresented part of this bill. Some say 5,000 people will enter the country per day. That's unreasonable and untrue.
— Senator James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) February 5, 2024
Lankford explained that this provision is intended to allow the hiring of additional Border Patrol agents.
“Border emergency authorities only have a three-year shelf life to force this administration to close the border and give the next president time to hire more staff and police officers,” Lankford said. I mentioned it above. post. “The emergency powers will expire in three years, by which time we should have complete control of our borders.”
Lankford also defended the bill at a press conference Sunday night.
“When there is a crisis on the southern border, and it does happen, we should do everything we can to address it and resolve it,” Lankford said. according to To Punchbowl News Senior Congressional Reporter Andrew Desiderio. “It’s not just about hoping that things will get better or that elections will solve them.”
Your story and facts:
– $60.06 billion for Ukraine’s border defense
– $14.1 billion for Israel to secure its borders
– $20.23 billion for U.S. border defense
– 5,000 encounters per day for 7 days triggers “emergency” for border closure
– “Catch…” never ends pic.twitter.com/KJpgACmAIb
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) February 5, 2024
Conservative media outlets and groups on X were quick to slam the senator over the bill.
“Your Story vs. Facts” Kyle Becker PostedAfter explaining some of the bill's points, he added, “If you're a far-left activist trying to overrun America with illegal immigrants, what's not to love?” (Related: 'The real problem': FOX News host reacts to DCNF report on terrorists captured and released into US by Biden administration)
“Your amnesty deal is a slap in the face to the American people,” says a young Republican in Washington, D.C. Posted. “Shameful!”
Republican lawmakers also slammed Lankford for his involvement in the bill.
Republican House candidate Anthony Sabatini: “You're an idiot'' Posted.
“Take the L” Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz Said.
Please take L
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 5, 2024
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it had encountered nearly 380,000 illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in the first two months of the 2024 fiscal year, which began in October. More than 2,000 illegal immigrants reportedly crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. 1, according to According to data released by authorities. CBP also reported 2,045,838 encounters in fiscal year 2023, 2,206,436 in fiscal year 2022, and 1,659,206 in fiscal year 2021.
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