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New GOP Senators Bill Will Bar Biden Administration From Paying Illegal Immigrants

President Joe Biden’s administration will be blocked from paying compensation payments to illegal immigrants if Congress passes a new bill introduced by leading Republicans.

The bill, entitled “The American Taxpayer Illegal Immigration Protection Act,” will prevent federal spending from paying illegal immigrants.

Senators Tom Tillis (R), Tom Cotton (Arctic), John Cornin (Texas) introduced the bill on Thursday along with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R).

“This year alone, we are seeing more illegal immigration than ever before, and now President Biden wants to pay illegal immigrants a payout, further rewarding lawlessness and chaos,” Tillis said in a statement.

“It would be unthinkable to pay damages to a burglar who broke into your home for the ‘psychological trauma’ he suffered during the crime. And yet the Biden administration wants to reward migrants who entered our country illegally, $ 450,000 each for this very reason, ”added Cotton.

The payments are being considered by the Justice Department to settle lawsuits brought by illegal aliens who were separated from family members during the Trump administration.

The Biden administration initially denied that illegal immigrants would receive such payments, but later admitted they could, and Biden even said foreigners “deserve some compensation.”

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Border Patrol agents detain and transport illegal immigrants who have just crossed the river to La Jolla, Texas on November 17, 2021 (Charlotte Cuthbertson / The Epoch Times)

The new law nullifies the effort, although it will require some Democratic support to pass it through Congress.

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Democrats have a slim majority in the House of Representatives and a 50-50 majority in the Senate in a vote that can be cast by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Twenty-five other Republican senators co-sponsored the bill, including Senator James Lankford, Oklahoma, Susan Collins, Maine, and Mitt Romney, Utah.

Republicans are also trying to block payments by amending the National Defense Act for fiscal 2022.

Senator Josh Hawley (Republican) and Steve Danes (Republican) were among those who introduced the amendment last month, although no Democrats have so far expressed support for it.

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Said on Thursday in the Senate courtroom that the payments “will lead to an insane rush, if not a crush, into the country and into the country.”

Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mallorcas, speaking at a Senate meeting in November, denied the idea that payments would serve as a “pull factor” for illegal immigration.

He received support from Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who called it “the ludicrous idea” that people go to the United States because families that have been separated receive payments.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and court cases. He started out for The Epoch Times as a reporter in the New York City subway.

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