Tom Suozzi, the Democratic former congressman running in New York’s special house election, called a U.S. Senate deal on border enforcement the toughest and fairest in decades.

What You Need To Know

  • Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi backed the bipartisan border deal negotiated in the U.S. Senate, while Republican candidate Mazi Pilip opposed it

  • The U.S. Senate deal tied border security and reforms to the asylum process to aid for Israel and Ukraine

  • Early voting runs through Sunday, Feb. 11. Election Day is Tuesday, Feb. 13

“If I was in Congress, I would absolutely support it,” Suozzi said. “It’s what people want and people deserve action on this crisis, at this time.”

Mazi Pilip, the Nassau County lawmaker running for the Republicans, denounced it — as did the Republican House speaker and former President Donald Trump.

In a statement, Pilip in a statement criticized Suozzi for supporting what she calls a terrible deal, saying, “The proposed Senate border deal is an absolute non-starter for me because it simply puts into law the invasion currently happening at our southern border.”

Suozzi, in a virtual news conference, said, “Today, she took a very outrageous step, a partisan stance and sided with the extreme members of the Republican party and the bosses in the House.”

With tens of thousands of migrants in New York’s care, immigration policy and border security are among the top issues in the campaign.

For Suozzi, he tried to focus on the issue of immigration and migrant policy as a choice between candidates, not the parties.

“It’s Suozzi versus Mazi,” he said. “It’s somebody with experience who knows how to get things done, and is willing to work across party lines, to someone who’s adopting an extremist far right Republican position.”

Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee put out an advertisement on Friday that features a case in which two police officers were attacked outside of a migrant shelter near Times Square.

The advertisement called Suozzi “part of the problem.”

The Democrat-aligned House Majority PAC defended Suozzi and his immigration record with its own advertisement that begins, “They’re smearing Tom Suozzi on immigration.”

The spot is one of three running under a 1.25 million advertisement buy.