Is a Border Deal in Congress on the Horizon?

by Kevin Johnson


For the last few days, there have been rumblings that Congress may reach a border deal. NBC News reports that negotiations in the U.S. Senate to toughen the immigration and asylum laws have moved to working with key senators to finalize the funding provisions in the deal. "The immigration group is now working with the Senate Appropriations Committee on how to craft the funding language to match the policy changes the negotiators have largely agreed to."

“We’re at the point of drafting and finalizing text. We don’t have an enormous amount of work left to do,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., the chief Democratic negotiator, said yesterday. “You can’t just change policy," Murphy said. "You’ve also got to fund the policy.”

The lead negotiators are Senators Murphy, Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), and James Lankford (R-Okla.,).

The devil will, as they say, be in the details. According to Karoun Demerjian of the New York Times, "[m]uch of the recent haggling over the emerging agreement — and a point of contention for its critics — has been about how to limit the number of people who are granted parole, a status that allows migrants without visas to live and work in the United States temporarily."

This post originally appeared on ImmigrationProf Blog Reprinted with permission.


About The Author


Kevin Johnson is Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies. He joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998. Johnson became Dean in 2008. He has taught a wide array of classes, including immigration law, civil procedure, complex litigation, Latinos and Latinas and the law, and Critical Race Theory. In 1993, he was the recipient of the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award.


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