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Take 2: National guard addressed, Ukraine deal controversy

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nations relevant news for the community.
Hannah Gonzalez
The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Supreme Court sides with Biden administration: Eagle Pass, Texas has become the focal point of an increasingly intense conflict between federal and Texas authorities on the best way to address the migrant problem and who has jurisdiction over that section of the US-Mexico border. The Texas National Guard placed 29 miles of coiled razor wire on the border. Republican Gov Greg Abbott ordered this to stop what he considers an “invasion” of undocumented migrants. But this wire blocked off access to the federal border patrol agents. The agents responded by cutting parts of the wire, and Texas retaliated by suing the federal government for trespassing. Federal attorneys cited how a woman and two children drowned to death at the border, as an example of the agents couldn’t pass through the wire and provide assistance. The Republican-controlled Supreme Court surprised many when they sided with the Biden administration, on a 5-4 decision, allowing federal agents to cut through portions of the wire if they deem it necessary. 

Significance: This decision reinforces the idea that only the federal government has authority over immigration into the nation. The large number of border crossings is something Republican politicians are eager to put on display as it is a political liability to Biden especially in an election year. Many republican governors have shared their support for Texas’s actions, some going as far as joining Abbot on the border. However, many criticize Texas’s actions as inhumane as large amounts of migrants were injured or killed, including women and young children, because of these tactics. 

Border and Ukraine deal: On Sunday, Senators unveiled a long-awaited package worth $118 billion, which combines border enforcement measures with assistance for Ukraine, Israel, and other U.S. allies. However, the package faced immediate resistance and opposition from prominent House Republicans, including Speaker Mike Johnson. This bipartisan bill took months to negotiate and was expected to have a key test vote later this week. However, within hours of its release, Johnson stated it would be “dead on arrival.” Even though this deal proposed the harshest immigration restrictions in decades, many Republicans are predicted to block the legislation, as they believe it doesn’t do enough to secure the border.  

Significance: Republicans in Congress had specifically stated that aid for Ukraine had to come with a crackdown against immigration, but then rejected the deal. This emphasizes how bipartisan cooperation for immigration in an election year is virtually impossible in the current political state of the U.S. Without this deal, Ukraine will not receive any further aid from the U.S. The aid the U.S. has provided so far is believed to have significantly pushed back against Russia’s invasion

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Dhriti Pai, Section Editor
Dhriti Pai is a junior heading into her second year on TRL. She is super excited for her first year as News Editor. In school, she enjoys being a part of debate, mock trial and GSA. Outside the classroom, you can find Pai running at Celebration with friends, listening to Taylor Swift or eating Chipotle. She is often traveling with her family, but above all, she loves to spend time with her dog, Mochi, who just turned one this past summer. Dhriti can’t wait to see what her next year on TRL has to offer.  
Hannah Gonzalez, Graphics Editor
Mama Mia, here we go again. As she takes her last ride in the TRL classroom, Hannah Gonzalez is ready to end this year with a bang. Gonzalez serves as a Co-Graphics editor for the third year in a row and this is her fourth year on staff. When she’s not making killer graphics, you can most likely find Gonzalez on the volleyball court, at FCA meetings, in school or going for a joy ride in the Jeep that she named “Beep.” Although TRL is life, Gonzalez also enjoys going for late-night ice cream runs, watching early morning sunrises, going to church every Sunday morning and going on an occasional lake trip. To add to her list of accomplishments, Gonzalez has won three state championships and is looking for a fourth. With her happy planner by her side, Gonzalez is looking forward to kicking procrastination to the curb as she conquers her final year as a high school student. 

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