WashingtonExaminer reports Sen. Tom Cotton is proposing legislation that would make states and other local governments certify they are not providing coronavirus funds to illegal immigrants in order to receive federal relief money.
“We shouldn’t be spending hard-earned taxpayer dollars on illegal immigrants at a time when 35 million Americans are out of work,” Cotton said this week on Fox News. “If we are going to be giving relief checks to those people who are out of work, we need to focus on American citizens, not illegal immigrants.”
Cotton’s No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act would “prohibit sending future funds to states or municipalities until they certify they aren’t issuing stimulus checks or other payments to those in the United States illegally.”
“Congress passed the CARES Act to help workers impacted by the China virus pandemic, not to give a handout to those who broke our immigration laws,” the Republican senator’s office said in a release. “The federal government shouldn’t be subsidizing states’ efforts to send cash to illegal aliens.”
President Trump signed an executive order in April banning certain categories of immigrants from entering the country, exempting workers such as farm laborers and medical workers.
“In order to protect our great American workers, I have just signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States,” Trump said at a White House briefing at the time.
Some states, such as California, say they will provide money to illegal immigrants affected by the pandemic.
“California is the most diverse state in the nation,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said last month. “Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient. Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together.”