Biden Endorses Border Deal, Stoking Fears of a Shutdown

As talks over a bipartisan border deal continue, concerns grow over the implications of such a proposal. Biden adds to the alarm yesterday by endorsing the deal and stating that "the day I sign the bill into law, I would use it." Immigration experts and advocates express dismay at the U-turn on immigration policy, with one describing the statement as "the most uninformed, short-sighted idea of a solution as could be" and a break from the administration's prior commitments. The statement also drew criticism from conservatives who argued that Biden already has the authority he needs to clamp down on the border. The political imperative is clear: a recent CBS News poll found that 63 percent of Americans believe the administration should be tougher on immigrants crossing the border.

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Content: The White House is trying to give Biden an economic boost as the general election looms, and is planning to award billions of dollars in subsidies to Intel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., or TSMC, and other top semiconductor companies in coming weeks. The grants are part of the $53 billion Chips Act, intended to reshore production of advanced microchips and fend off China, which is fast developing its own chip industry. Industry executives expect some of the announcements to be set before the State of the Union address in March.

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