Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) told Meet The Press that demands from House Republicans to secure the southern border represents “one of the most dangerous moments” he has faced since being elected.
While President Biden has called on congress to pass a massive, $100 billion foreign aid package that includes $60 billion for Ukraine, House Republicans have refused to allocate more aid for the beleaguered nation until significant funding is routed to the southern border. The showdown comes as record numbers of illegal aliens continue to stream across the southern border, with no signs of slowing down after an all-time high of 3.2 million illegal alien apprehensions in 2023.
The vast majority of apprehended illegal aliens are given court dates before being released into the continental United States.
Murphy, who is working as his party’s lead Senate negotiator on the foreign aid package, told Meet The Press that the Biden White House intends to get more involved in the conversation this week. “Of course, when you’re talking about something as complicated as border security, you need the White House engaged, because you need to know whether they’re gonna sign the bill, and you need to understand how the changes you’re making are going to be implemented at the border,” he said.
When asked whether the additional $60 billion would make a difference, Murphy stated his belief that it would. “Because at the very same time that we are making a renewed commitment to Ukraine, Russia’s ability to continue to fight this war is in jeopardy,” he claimed. “Russia is going to have a hard time coming up with resources necessary to keep this fight going. In the end, will there likely have to be a negotiated solution? Absolutely. But if we cut off Ukraine now, the outcome is certain.”
Murphy went on to accuse Republicans of holding aid for Israel and Ukraine “hostage,” calling it “one of the most dangerous moments that I’ve ever faced in American politics.”
Murphy went on to claim that the “fate of the world” depends on Republicans giving up their demands within the next 48 hours.
“Well, I’m not paying attention to the politics here What I know is that the future of the world is at stake if we fail. If Republicans don’t get reasonable in the next 24 to 48 hours, Russia is going to march in Ukraine, China is going to be a green light to invade Taiwan,” Murphy claimed after host Kristen Welker noted the public’s overwhelming disapproval of Biden’s handling of the border. “The world for my children is fundamentally different under that scenario. The United States security is at risk. So I am just by myself.”
He concluded by accusing Republicans of “playing games with the security of the world.”