Would the Senate border deal ‘legalize’ 2 million immigrants a year?

The senators negotiating a bipartisan compromise on the border have for weeks urged colleagues to wait until the bill text is released before judging the deal.

That time is almost here. The proposal will be released no later than Sunday as part of a larger national security supplemental.

But the legislation will hobble into public view following weeks of withering criticism fueled by leaks, some suspect and others legitimate, on the contents of the border deal.

The lead negotiators, chiefly Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), have lamented what has snowballed into a “massive, out-of-control internet rumor,” attempting to correct the record even before the ink is dry.

But the conservative criticism persists, and will surely continue, despite the damage control.

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), the lead GOP negotiator on a border-foreign aid bill, speaks with reporters outside the
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