Congressional Updates

Resources Related to the 2024 Senate Border Negotiations

5/23/24 AILA Doc. No. 24020431. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Removal & Relief

Update from AILA on May 23, 2024

On May 23, the Senate voted down (43-50) the Border Act, a bill introduced by Senator Murphy (D-CT). The Border Act includes similar immigration provisions as the February bipartisan bill he jointly wrote with Senators Lankford (R-OK) and Sinema (I-AZ).

Importantly, the new bill is no longer bipartisan, and Republican leadership immediately railed against Democrats for bringing it to a vote, calling it “dead on arrival.” On May 23, nearly all Republicans voted against the Border Act, and most Democrats voted in favor.

AILA did not take a position on and does not support either the Border Act or the early February version of the bill. AILA’s analysis of the earlier February version is available here.

Update from AILA on February 7, 2024

On February 7, the Senate voted down the immigration funding and policy provisions that were included in the larger emergency spending bill (The Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act). The immigration components were separated from the larger bill when it became clear that the entire bill would fail due to the hardening Republican opposition to the immigration parts. Republican leadership made it clear they will only support the House bill H.R.2, an extreme measure that AILA opposes and could never pass the Senate.


Watch for more information as its available.