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Aid Packages for Israel and Ukraine: Tied to Border Policy Changes

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Hadeel Hashem
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Aid Packages for Israel and Ukraine: Tied to Border Policy Changes

In a fresh wave of political deliberation, the corridors of power in Washington are abuzz with the outcome of negotiations surrounding aid packages for Israel and Ukraine. The spotlight is focused on the Republicans' intent to correlate these international aid packages with significant modifications to the existing border policies.

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The Gang of Six: Leading the Negotiations

The negotiations are spearheaded by a bipartisan group informally christened the "Gang of Six." This group is entrusted with the responsibility of discussing and potentially reconciling the divergent views on border policy as they relate to the aid proposals for Israel and Ukraine. The Republicans' insistence on interlinking border policy changes to the aid packages has heightened the significance of these negotiations.

Israel and Ukraine: At the Heart of the Debate

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The discussions revolve around placing conditions on U.S. aid for Israel as it grapples with Hamas. This debate gains momentum amid escalating calls for a full cease-fire over concerns about the death toll of Palestinian civilians and the humanitarian situation in Gaza. The conversation also encompasses providing aid to Ukraine, with these negotiations expected to be exploited by smaller factions within both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Border and Immigration Policies: The Key to Support

Senators are negotiating changes to border and immigration policies critical to secure votes for a foreign aid package for these war-torn allies. The negotiations aim at passing a bill based on the emergency funding request dispatched to Congress, which incorporates funds for Ukraine, Israel's defense support, and humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza. These negotiations are underscored by discussions about border security and asylum policy changes.

Republicans have made a strong assertion that they will only support aid for Ukraine if it is accompanied by border security measures. The GOP-led House has previously declined aid to Ukraine and conditioned emergency aid to Israel with defunding the IRS. The need for the GOP-led House to introduce legislation for emergency military aid to Israel and Ukraine, assistance to Taiwan, and funding to secure the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly apparent.

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