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Border Deal Negotiator Claims Bi-partisan Deal Could Be Ready in the Coming Days 

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A bi-partisan border arrangement is about to come up for deliberation, says its negotiator, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy. The deal has been controversial and speculation since it was first mentioned. 

Senator Murphy announced while speaking to the press. “We do have a bipartisan deal. We’re finishing the text right now,” he announced. The Connecticut lawmaker was speaking to CNN’s Dana Bash on her State of the Union program. “We are sort of finalizing the last pieces of the text right now,” he said. 

“This bill could be ready to be on the floor of the United States Senate next week,” he added. The senator also expressed his worry over the potential of heavy resistance from Republicans. 

He spoke about the capability of former President Donald Trump to hinder the move. The senator said the bill won’t see the light of day “If Republicans decide that they want to keep this issue unsettled for political purposes.” 

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Sen. Murphy also expressed excitement over President Biden’s support of the bill. In an event, the President voiced out his support for what many believe is one of the biggest issues in the bill- the power to close the border. 

The bill reportedly contains clauses empowering the President to shut down the border in the event of an emergency. “(The compromise) would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed,” Biden announced. 

Many political watchers have found Biden’s willingness to embrace such a strict border policy pretty shocking. Biden had assumed office, promising to restore humane conditions to the southern border. 

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Also, a broad section of the country believes that the President’s lax disposition toward illegal immigration has fuelled the crisis at the border. Under the Biden administration, the country has experienced an unprecedented influx of illegals. 

Many believe that this recent U-turn by the President is aimed at dousing anger from voters about the State of the southern border. Republicans have made the issue the front-burner topic in their push to recover the Oval Office. 

“I was glad to hear the President come out and speak forcefully in favor of this bill,” Murphy said. 

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“I’m hopeful that we will still have enough Republicans in the Senate who want to fix the problem at the border rather than just do Donald Trump’s budding,” he added. “But we will see over the next 24 to 48 hours whether that’s true.” 

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Specifically, the bill will allow the Department of Homeland Security to shut down the border if weekly illegal migrant crossings reach 4,000. This measure is similar to the Covid-era border closure by Donald Trump, which Democrats also criticized. 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, has hinted his disapproval of the border deal, describing it as “dead on arrival” if his knowledge of its content is accurate. Johnson has called on Biden to demonstrate his willingness to address the challenges at the border by taking immediate action. 

Notwithstanding, Murphy remained confident that enough Republicans would rise beyond politics in support of the proposed legislation. 

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