A bipartisan group of senators has cut a deal that would effectively shut down the border if crossings exceed certain levels as Border Patrol struggles to handle a record influx of illegal immigrants.
The proposal, part of a border bill expected to be released in the coming days, would grant the Biden administration a new expulsion authority if average migrant encounters exceed 4,000 a day across a one-week window, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
If crossings exceed 5,000 daily per week or 8,500 in a single day, the authority would be triggered automatically, with the Department of Homeland Security forced to turn away immigrants with limited exceptions.
The deal, negotiated by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), James Lankford (R-OK), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), has been crafted as part of a broader spending package that would provide new