President Biden’s commitment to supporting Ukraine appears questionable as he refuses to entertain Republican proposals for bolstered border security in exchange for the crucial $61 billion in aid deemed essential to combat Russia. Biden’s budget director, Shalanda Young, cautioned in a letter to congressional leaders that the U.S. faces a funding shortage to aid Ukraine by year-end, potentially crippling their efforts on the battlefield.
Despite this urgent situation, Biden and his political allies reject GOP efforts to negotiate additional funding in tandem with measures addressing the surge of illegal immigration, a topic where the president receives low approval ratings. Recent polls, including the Real Clear Politics average and an NBC survey, highlight Biden’s diminished approval on immigration, making it a top concern for voters.
Concerns about unrestricted immigration have grown due to caravans, fentanyl-related deaths, cartel influence, and economic strains on cities like New York. Gallup polling indicates a shift in public opinion since May 2020, with more Americans, now at 41%, advocating for reduced immigration. Biden’s border policies contribute to this shift.
Amid economic uncertainties and job market fluctuations, Americans may become more hostile to unrestricted immigration. The latest JOLTS and ADP reports hint at job market softening, affecting lower-income Americans—traditional Democratic voters—who may disapprove of heightened job competition.
Rather than seizing an opportunity to secure funds for countering Putin, addressing border challenges, and potentially improving approval ratings, Biden persists in portraying Republicans as dangerous extremists. At a recent fundraiser, he tied GOP support for Ukraine assistance to extreme immigration actions, reinforcing a narrative echoed by Democratic leaders like Hakeem Jeffries and Chuck Schumer.
Republicans advocate for measures such as attaching the Secure the Border Act to the aid package, a proposal that gained GOP support in the past. This bill includes resuming border wall construction, stricter asylum limits, and investments in border technology—measures supported by over half the country.
Contrary to current Democratic stances, a decade ago, Schumer, too, emphasized the importance of a secure border and supported constructing a fence. Recent polls among Latino voters indicate a decline in Biden’s lead, with concerns about border security and legal immigration priorities for this demographic.
In negotiations, Senate Republicans aim for a middle ground, emphasizing changes to the asylum process to curb unlawful crossings. These efforts, if successful, could benefit Biden, fostering a more cooperative approach to addressing both immigration concerns and supporting Ukraine.