Durbin Statement on Bipartisan Agreement on the National Security Supplemental and Border Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today released the following statement regarding the bipartisan agreement on the national security supplemental and border security:

“Our broken immigration system cannot keep up with the unprecedented numbers of refugees coming to our border.  We need an orderly process to restore the integrity of our border, which I believe includes a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal work status forthose who are essential to our progress.

“This bipartisan agreement may help, but nothing short of comprehensive reform will truly solve the problem.

“Tied to this—thanks to demands from Republicans—is the future and fate of Europe, the Middle East, and the Indo-Pacific.  What we do has consequences—global and historic consequences.  It is time for Speaker Johnson and Republicans to realize that bipartisanship is the only way that action on the border is going to happen and that Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and citizens in Gaza will receive much needed aid. 

“To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle: think long and hard about showing weakness to despots like Vladimir Putin.  Democracy and the rule of law is worth the battle.”