It also would provide about $20 billion in border investments, including for hiring new asylum and border patrol officials, expanding the capacity of detention facilities and increasing screenings for fentanyl and other illicit drugs.
A border fail-safe.
One of the most significant changes to border policy would be the creation of a trigger that would effectively close the border to migrants trying to cross into the United States without authorization. The trigger would be tripped if the average number of migrants encountered by border officials exceeded 5,000 over the course of a week or 8,500 on any given day. Encounters would have to fall to a daily average of 75 percent of those thresholds, again over the course of a week, for affected intake processes to start up again.
The bill also would give the president power to close the border if migrant encounters reach an average of 4,000 per day over a week.
Many Republicans have argued those thresholds are too high, and opponents of the deal are using the trigger thresholds to condemn the measure as too weak.
“Here’s what the people pushing this ‘deal’ aren’t telling you,” Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 Republican, said in a social media post in which he vowed never to schedule action on it. “It accepts 5,000 illegal immigrants a day.”