WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday released the following statement on text of the national security supplemental bill:
“After months of negotiations, we have reached a landmark bipartisan agreement to better manage the border and fix our broken asylum system, while also delivering urgently needed aid to Ukraine, Israel, Gaza, and Taiwan. The current asylum system is outdated and overwhelmed, and our bill gets claims processed more fairly and more quickly. The bill also authorizes a quarter of a million more visas which will reunite thousands of families, gets asylum seekers much more immediate work permits, establishes a right to counsel for asylum seekers in expedited removal, and for the first time ever, provides a guarantee of counsel to vulnerable children arriving at the border. We still have work to do, like providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and other undocumented people, but this bill is an important down payment on immigration reform.
“This bill also affirms the United States’ refusal to stand by and watch Vladimir Putin annex Ukraine and upend the post-World War II order. It also provides the resources needed for the United States to lead the international community in responding to humanitarian crises around the world. The stakes are too high for Congress not to act, and I urge the Senate to vote as soon as possible.”
A one pager of the national security supplemental is available here.
A section-by-section is available here.
Full text of the national supplemental is available here.