Written by Robert J. Matthews
As the Senate's months-long border policy and Ukraine aid debates neared their end, the package may be at risk.
As former President Donald Trump remains the 2024 GOP frontrunner, Republican senators are conceding the consequences of any border compromise on his reelection bid.
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Trump's potential as the Republican nominee has transformed the political atmosphere as the former president seeks to make immigration a campaign issue.
McConnell's warning is the first to acknowledge that Trump's possible opposition to a border compromise may undermine a rare immigration deal.
However, the transaction may not survive. Some conservative senators believe McConnell will abandon an agreement, but others believe negotiations can go despite the politics.
I hope they're turning away. I think we're seeing an acknowledgment that this deal's politics have changed and become unpopular.
The failure of a bipartisan border accord would deny President Joe Biden a win in resolving the southern border crisis.
On Thursday, GOP border package lead negotiator Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said McConnell was “very clear” he won't back down.