Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) pushed again on Tesla founder Elon Musk’s criticism of the lately unveiled bipartisan border deal, saying the tech billionaire ought to preserve his concentrate on recalled Tesla autos as a substitute of the laws.
Lankford doubled down on the proposed invoice Monday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” explaining that Musk’s description of the invoice was inaccurate and that it doesn’t embrace textual content that will enable these dwelling within the U.S. illegally to vote. He additionally slammed the Tesla CEO for his firm’s current recollects on almost 2.2 million electrical autos attributable to a software program repair.
“The long-term aim of the so-called ‘Border Safety’ invoice is enabling illegals to vote! It should do the full reverse of securing the border,” Musk wrote on X, the platform previously often known as Twitter — which the billionaire bought in April 2022.
In response, Lankford mentioned: “I feel he wants to return to doing the two million Tesla’s which are presently being recalled proper now, to have the ability to focus in on that.”
“It’s not centered on attempting to have the ability to get extra illegals to vote,” the senator added in regards to the deal. “That’s absurd.”
Bipartisan Senate negotiators unveiled the border safety deal over the weekend after months of discussions. Lankford, the chief GOP negotiator, has been defending the proposed invoice because it was swiftly met with a swath of criticism from conservatives.
The laws contains measures to lift the usual for asylum screenings and to course of claims quicker. It additionally closes the loopholes that enable for parole or “catch and launch” and offers new authority to shut the border after a sure variety of individuals cross into the U.S.
Even when the deal passes the Senate, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Home GOP management have mentioned it’s “lifeless on arrival” within the decrease chamber.
“This invoice is even worse than we anticipated, and gained’t come near ending the border disaster the President has created,” Johnson posted Monday on X.
The Hill has reached out to Tesla for remark.
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