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FIRST ON FOX: Republican Senate lawmakers will introduce legislation on Thursday banning the Biden administration from making payments to illegal immigrants who were separated during the Trump administration – amid continuing controversy over plans reported by the administration of make massive payments to illegal immigrants.
Sense. Thom Tillis, RN.C., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will present the Protecting U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Against Illegal Immigration Act.
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The legislation would prohibit the use of federal funds, including the Judgment Fund, which pays court judgments and settlements of lawsuits against the federal government, for illegal immigrants if the regulations relate to their detention at the border after the January 20, 2017.
The bill follows reported administration plans to settle with illegal immigrants who were separated from their family members during the Trump administration and are suing the government as a result.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the government is considering payments of up to $ 450,000 per person, meaning some families of illegal immigrants could potentially see payments run into the millions.
“Our southern border is a disaster, and President Biden’s failed policies have continued to fuel this ongoing crisis,” Tillis said in a statement. “We are seeing more illegal immigration this year than ever on record, and now President Biden wants to give illegal immigrants a payment, further rewarding anarchy and chaos.”
“These $ 450,000 settlements are an insult to all the hard-working Americans who will eventually fund these great colonies with their hard-earned taxes,” he said. “I am proud to work with my colleagues to make sure this doesn’t happen.”
When asked about the reports last month, Biden initially described them as “garbage,” but then changed course and defended the planned payments – though he still disputed the $ 450,000 figure.
“If, in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you cross the border, whether it is legal or illegal, and you have lost your child, you have lost your child, he is gone, you deserve some sort of compensation, no regardless of the circumstances. “
“What it will be, I have no idea. I have no idea,” he said while saying it was “the number I was referring to” when he called them off. “garbage” reports.
Other administration officials also rejected the figure of $ 450,000 but did not say what would be an acceptable number.
But the reports have sparked fury from Republicans, who have said the payments will be a waste of taxpayer money and encourage illegal immigration at a time when the border is already in crisis.
“As American families anxiously struggle to keep pace with President Biden’s inflation, the president now wants to make millionaires out of people who have crossed the border illegally. This is beyond parody,” McConnell said. in a press release this week. “Obviously, this would only exacerbate the Democrats’ border crisis and encourage the riskiest and most dangerous types of illegal immigration.”
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“It would be unthinkable to pay damages to a burglar who broke into your house for the ‘psychological trauma’ he suffered during the crime,” Cotton said. “And yet the Biden administration wants to reward migrants who have entered our country illegally up to $ 450,000 each for this reason alone.”
McConnell wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland last month to seek clarification on the matter, as House and Senate lawmakers took action to block the payments – including an effort led by Sen. Steve Daines, R -Mont., To amend the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block such payments.
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The latest push from Tillis, Cornyn and McConnell already has the support of a number of their fellow Republicans. So far, 21 Republican senators are the original co-sponsors of the bill, including the Sens. James Risch, R-Idaho, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Lindsey Graham, RS.C., Joni. Ernst, R-Iowa, Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., and Rick Scott, R-Fla.