GOP senators move to block Biden from handing out payments to migrants separated at the border

Many Americans were left outraged after a report published in late October by the Wall Street Journal claimed the Biden administration was in talks to make six-figure payments to illegal migrants separated at the border under his predecessor’s zero-tolerance policies.

According to Fox News, a group of Republican lawmakers has since put forward a piece of legislation aimed at blocking the president’s plans from ever coming to fruition.

“Whether it was legal or illegal”

As Fox noted, early last month, President Joe Biden tried to dismiss reports alleging that migrants who came to the U.S. illegally would be entitled to effective reparations.

“That’s not going to happen,” the president said after a reporter asked whether it was true that migrants who had been separated from their families under the Trump administration might get up to $450,000 per person.

Despite calling the proposal “garbage,” Biden acknowledged several days later that his administration was still weighing the idea of payments, though he claimed to have “no idea” of what the amount would be.

“If, in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal and you lost your child, you lost your child, he’s gone, you deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance,” Biden declared last month, according to Fox.

GOP calls proposal “an insult”

In response, Republican senators including Thom Tillis (NC), Tom Cotton (AR), John Cornyn (TX), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) are introducing a bill called the Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act.

Under its terms, federal funds could not be used to pay court judgments or settlements to illegal aliens if their claims arose from being detained at the border after Jan. 20, 2017.

“Our southern border is a disaster, and President Biden’s failed policies have continued to fuel this ongoing crisis,” Tillis said in a statement, according to Fox.

“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,” the senator added.

“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 said.

The North Carolina senator concluded by saying that he is “proud to work with [his] colleagues to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

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