Senate border security talks grind on as Trump invokes Nazi-era ‘blood’ rhetoric against immigrants

1 of 9 | Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, center, arrives for closed-door negotiations on a border security deal at the Capitol, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023 in Washington. Negotiators are rushing to reach a U.S. border security deal that would unlock President Joe Biden’s request for billions of dollars worth in military aid for Ukraine and national security. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Read More 4 of 9 | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets with President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — White House and Senate negotiators dug in Sunday laboring to reach a U.S. border security deal that would unlock President Joe Biden’s request for billions of dollars worth of military aid for Ukraine and other national security needs before senators leave town for the holiday recess. The Biden administration, which is becoming more deeply involved in the talks, is facing pressure from all sides over any deal. Negotiators had hoped to reach a framework by the weekend, but that’s highly unlikely. Republican leaders signaled that without bill text, an upcoming procedural would likely fail. The talks come as Donald Trump , the Republican presidential front-runner in 2024, delivered alarming anti-immigrant remarks about “blood” purity over the weekend, echoing Nazi slogans of World War II to cheers at a political rally. “They’re poisoning the blood of our country,” Trump said about the record numbers of immigrants coming to the U.S. without immediate legal status. More on the border talks Latino Democrats shift from quiet concern to open opposition to Biden’s concessions in border talks Congress departs without a deal on Ukraine aid and border security, but Senate will work next week Arizona’s governor is sending the state’s National Guard to the border to help […]

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