Senate Republicans just took a huge swipe at Joe Biden in an effort to stop the Democrat president giving taxpayer-funded payments to illegal immigrants.
Bide has moved to offer large payments to illegal border-crossers who claim they were “separated” during the Trump administration
“Our southern border is a disaster, and President Biden’s failed policies have continued to fuel this ongoing crisis,” Sen. Thom Tillis said.
“We are seeing the most illegal immigration this year alone than ever recorded, and now President Biden wants to give illegal immigrants a payout, further rewarding lawlessness and chaos.”
“These $450,000 settlements are an insult to all hardworking Americans who will subsequently be funding these large settlements with their hard-earned tax dollars,” he added.
“I am proud to work with my colleagues to make sure this doesn’t happen.”
“While American families are struggling anxiously just to keep pace with President Biden’s inflation, the President now wants to make millionaires out of people who crossed the border illegally. It’s beyond parody,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
“Obviously, this would only exacerbate the Democrats’ border crisis and incentivize the riskiest and most dangerous kinds of illegal immigration.”
“It would be unthinkable to pay damages to a burglar who broke into your home for the ‘psychological trauma’ they endured during the crime,” Sen. Tom Cotton said.
“And yet the Biden administration wants to reward migrants who illegally entered our country with up to $450,000 each for just that reason.”
The bill says:
“To prohibit the payment of certain legal settlements to individuals who unlawfully entered the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act’’.
LIMITATION ON LEGAL SETTLEMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO UNLAWFULLY ENTERED THE UNITED STATES.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds, including amounts deposited into the Judgment Fund established under section 1304 of title 31.
United States Code, may be expended for any legal settlement to any individual who violated section 275(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1325(a)) if the claims giving rise to such settlement are based on the lawful detention of such individual as part of a family unit after entry at a port of entry or between ports of entry along the southern border of the United States after January 20, 2017.
NEW: @SenThomTillis @SenTomCotton @JohnCornyn and @LeaderMcConnell will today introduce legislation to bar the Biden administration from making payments to illegal immigrants separated during the Trump administration. https://t.co/cdWhhGjCAe
— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) December 2, 2021