secure the border say republicans so why are they killing a plan to do that

For the past few weeks, Democrats and Republicans were closing in on a game-changing deal to secure the U.S.-Mexico border: a bipartisan compromise that’s unheard-of in contemporary Washington.

Karoun Demirjian, who covers Congress for The Times, explains why that deal is now falling apart.


Karoun Demirjian, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times.

In an aerial view, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches over migrants waiting to be processed after crossing from Mexico.
Late last year, the number of migrants trying to cross the southern border into the United States was at an average of about 8,000 a day.John Moore/Getty Images
  • Divided Republicans coalesced behind a bit of legislative extortion: No Ukraine aid without a border crackdown. Then they split over how large a price to demand, imperiling both initiatives.

  • Republicans and Democrats have agreed to try to reduce the number of migrants granted parole to stay in the United States, but cementing the compromise will take money and persuasion on both sides.

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