A proposed foreign aid package is stalled in Congress as Republicans and Democrats remain at odds over tying border security to aid disbursement. Republicans argue that securing the border is crucial to national security and want to use the aid package as leverage to get funding for border security measures. Democrats, on the other hand, oppose the linkage, arguing that it would hinder the ability of people to seek asylum and flee persecution.
Texas Congressman Jodey Arrington, a vocal supporter of linking foreign aid to border security, emphasizes the importance of securing the U.S.-Mexico border. He argues that. . .