White House Refers To Illegal Immigrants As ‘Newcomers’

The White House, in a Thursday brief, referred to illegal immigrants as “newcomers” while urging Congress to pass a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing border security and asylum restrictions.

The brief outlined provisions within the proposed legislation, including $1.4 billion allocated for cities and states offering critical services to these individuals, as well as expedited work permits for qualifying immigrants already in the country. Notably, both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are slated to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, against the backdrop of a significant influx of migrants in recent months.

According to the White House brief, the Senate bipartisan bill represents some of the most robust and equitable reforms aimed at securing the border in decades. It proposes bolstering various aspects of border security, including the addition of border patrol agents, asylum officers, detention beds, immigration judges, and drug-detecting equipment. The administration contends that these measures would enhance national security, fortify border integrity, and ensure fair and humane treatment of individuals while upholding legal immigration, aligning with the nation’s core values.

Additionally, the brief leveled criticism at House Speaker Mike Johnson (R., La.) and House Republicans, accusing them of prioritizing political maneuvering over border security concerns. Earlier in the month, President Biden took aim at former President Trump, alleging that Trump was obstructing progress on the border security bill for political gain. Biden expressed skepticism regarding the bill’s advancement to the Senate floor, attributing this potential setback to Trump’s purported efforts to exploit the issue rather than address it substantively.

The discourse surrounding the bipartisan bill underscores the ongoing political tensions surrounding immigration policy, particularly at the southern border. As policymakers grapple with the complex and multifaceted challenges posed by illegal immigration, the debate is poised to continue as stakeholders navigate the delicate balance between security imperatives and humanitarian considerations.

The visitations by both current and former presidents to the border region further underscore the gravity of the situation and the urgency of finding effective solutions to address the evolving dynamics of migration.