National Security Leaders Urge Senate to Pass Bipartisan Border Deal
February 6, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Anna Nix Kumar
Washington – The Council on National Security and Immigration (CNSI) released a statement today urging the Senate to pass the recently announced Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act.
“We applaud Senators Lankford, Murphy, and Sinema for their leadership in negotiating and reaching agreement on this thorough and balanced bipartisan border and national security legislative package. Border security is essential to the security of our nation, and the American public is eager for Congress to find solutions on this issue. Accordingly, we commend the Senators’ willingness to take these challenging issues on and come to an agreement.
“As for the specifics of the package, CNSI was especially pleased to see many of our policy priorities addressed in the bill, including reforms to and investments in the asylum process, an eventual pathway to citizenship for our Afghan allies, and providing certainty and security for the children of H-1B work visa-holders who currently face the risk of 'aging out' of their temporary legal status before they are able to obtain permanent residence in the U.S. CNSI was also pleased that the Senate negotiators reached agreement on important national security priorities, including funding for allies facing conflicts.
“CNSI urges the Senate to take this rare opportunity to advance meaningful border and asylum reforms. While the legislation is not perfect, it improves border security and helps move the ball towards a much-needed broader reform of the immigration system. Immigration and border policy have vexed Washington for decades, and the Senate cannot waste this opportunity.”