The end of the Title 42 policy, and concerns surrounding DHS’s readiness to handle any resulting increase in the number of migrants crossing the border, have sparked a flurry of legislative proposals on the issue in addition to passed the House bill.
Tillis and Sinema introduced a bill earlier this month that would allow border agents to continue deporting migrants, as they are under the Title 42 policy, for an additional two years. Sinema told reporters Thursday that they “continue to add members every day” as co-sponsors, and he expects more to join once the Title 42 policy expires.
Durbin announced plans to introduce a bill this week with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York to provide more resources to border agents and communities that welcome migrants — but the other major players in the Senate on immigration said Thursday they had not seen or been informed of that effort.
As of Wednesday, Durbin said it had not been decided whether his bill would match the new money or reprogramming funds. Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., said Thursday that he has not seen the measure but expects Congress to eventually approve some emergency funding.
But Senate Republicans are unlikely to agree to that without other policy solutions. “You throw good after bad [policies] if you don’t change your asylum laws,” ranking member of the Judiciary Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said.