EXCLUSIVE: Republicans in the House will table a bill on Thursday to block a plan signaled by the Biden administration to pay millions of dollars to separated illegal immigrants under the Trump administration – as President Biden has sought to reject the reports.
Representative Tom McClintock, the senior member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, will introduce the Illegal Immigration Earnings Prohibition Act, which amends 18 USC 2414 – which gives the Attorney General the power to enter into settlement agreements.
BIDEN LABELS INFORM THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY SEPARATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS $ 450,000 âgarbageâ
The bill would prevent the attorney general from making settlement payments to illegal immigrants that arise directly from their violation of immigration laws, including laws that criminalize illegal border crossings and make a migrant ineligible for having attempted to enter a country illegally at a port of entry. .
The bill is co-sponsored by Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, Judiciary Committee member Jim Jordan and 135 other members, and it represents a coordinated effort by House Republicans to block a plan reported by the Biden administration to pay $ 450,000 per migrant who has been separated under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
“Who says crime doesn’t pay? Under Biden, he apparently pays very well,” McClintock said in a statement. âLaw-abiding and hard-working Americans saw their purchasing power decimated by Biden’s economic policies as he made our border south. of the stock market, and that is why we must act today to stop this outrageous plan in its tracks. “
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services were considering paying $ 450,000 per person to those who crossed the border illegally and were separated from family members. This is in response to a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
Payments could therefore rise to nearly $ 1 million per family and $ 1 billion in total, although the Journal said many families would get lower payments. The New York Times, who also reported planned payments, estimated that around 5,500 children have been separated from their parents at the southern border under the policy.
Biden was asked about the reports by Fox News’ Peter Doocy on Wednesday and categorically rejected them – calling them “trash” when asked if it would further encourage illegal immigration.
âIf you keep sending that garbage? Yeah, but that’s not true,â he said.
SENATE REPUBLICS, LEAD BY DAINES, DEPOSIT TO BLOCK $ 450K PAYMENTS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
“$ 450,000 per person, is that what you’re saying? ” he said. “It’s not going to happen.”
But Biden’s sacking has so far done little to end the controversy over the reports, which has aroused the wrath of Republicans, who have drawn comparisons to what military and military families have said. others are paid and have warned that this could encourage more illegal immigration amid an ongoing border crisis.
McCarthy, who recently called for a meeting with Biden about the border crisis and Congressional Democrats’ plans to include amnesty for illegal immigrants in the reconciliation bill, said the reported proposals showed the priorities de Biden were “behind.”
“With all the challenges Americans face every day – including an unprecedented border crisis – providing $ 450,000 per person to illegal immigrants is sheer folly,” he said in a statement. “This is not only an insult to the American people, but it will also worsen the border crisis and lead to a trade boom for the drug cartels and human traffickers, who are already exploiting the Democrats’ dire border policies. ”
“Democrats are shutting down the economy, paying people not to work, raising your taxes, and now want to give illegal immigrants $ 450,000 checks paid by US taxpayers,” Jordan said. âOur bill would ensure that the Attorney General cannot unilaterally make this happen. ”
The House legislation comes after Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., Introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2022 on Wednesday that would ban payments stemming from the policy of “tolerance zero “from the Trump administration. The amendment was supported by more than two dozen Senate Republicans, including GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Daines also introduced the bill as a stand-alone measure.
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Meanwhile, the ACLU hit back at Biden’s dismissal of the reports on Wednesday night, saying Biden “may not have been fully briefed on the actions of his own Department of Justice as he carefully deliberated and reviewed the reports. crimes committed against thousands of families separated from their children as an intentional government policy.
“But if he follows through on what he said, the president is abandoning a fundamental campaign pledge to bring justice to thousands of separated families,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement. communicated. âWe respectfully remind President Biden that he called these actions ‘criminal’ during a debate with then-President Trump and campaigned to redress and rectify the lawlessness of the Trump administration. President Biden to right the wrongs of this national tragedy. “
Peter Doocy of Fox News contributed to this report.