White House touts Senate border bill’s authority but stays quiet on legislative strategy

President Joe Biden is imploring Congress to pass the Senate‘s bipartisan national security agreement, promising to “shut down” the border the day after it becomes law.

“It would give me, as president, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed,” Biden wrote Sunday in a statement. “It will make our asylum process fairer and more efficient, while protecting the most vulnerable.”

“It will expedite work permits so that those who are here and qualify can get to work more quickly,” he added. “It will create more opportunities for families to come together – through short-term visits, as well as increased permanent lawful pathways. It ensures the most vulnerable, unaccompanied young children, have paid legal representation. And it will provide the resources I have repeatedly requested to secure the border by adding Border Patrol agents, immigration judges, asylum
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