Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, has said that Donald Trump’s opposition to a political deal on the southern border will likely doom any effort to pass legislation this year. A bipartisan bill that was recently published features further restrictions for asylum seekers and funding for detention centers, but it is losing Republican support. Despite concerns expressed by Democratic leaders in blue states, Republicans are willing to allow the situation at the border to persist. President Joe Biden, in a White House statement, strongly supported the bill and urged both houses of Congress to pass it quickly. Trump’s stranglehold on the Republican Party seems tighter than ever, as Republicans are bowing to his demands and allowing the immigration issue to persist for at least another ten months.