To get Ukraine funding, Biden may have to compromise on U.S. border security

President Biden says he’s willing to compromise on border security as he tries to secure a Ukraine funding deal. We look at what that could mean for the 2024 election. LEILA FADEL, HOST: President Biden has been trying to get more money for Ukraine from Congress, but Republicans in Congress say they first want to see big changes in policies at the southern U.S. border. Biden says he’s willing to compromise, but big changes could alienate Latino voters ahead of the 2024 election. NPR White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez has the story. FRANCO ORDOÑEZ, BYLINE: When he was running for president in 2020, then-candidate Joe Biden said immigration was a top priority. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I’ll be president of the United States, not vice president of the United States. And the fact is I’ve made it very clear – within 100 days, I’m going to send to the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people. ORDOÑEZ: And in his first days in office, he got to work rolling back some of the hard-line policies of former President Donald Trump. But his plans for legislation quickly stalled. And three years later, there’s still no path to citizenship. And instead, Biden is looking at more restrictions. Democratic Latino leaders are worried. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) NANETTE BARRAGAN: We are urging the Biden administration to say no. ORDOÑEZ: That’s Nanette Barragan, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BARRAGAN: We are saying that we’re going to put basically an end to asylum. We cannot allow that to happen. ORDOÑEZ: Andrea Flores is a former Biden official at the National Security Council. She’s disappointed at what she sees as a drastic shift in what Biden appears to be willing to […]

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