Tom Cotton leads push to bar federal funding to localities financing illegal immigrants

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  4 weeks ago  •  28 comments

By:   Mica Soellner (MSN)

Tom Cotton leads push to bar federal funding to localities financing illegal immigrants
Sen. Tom Cotton is seeking to restrict federal funding to local governments giving out benefits to illegal immigrants, arguing that citizens should get priority during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sen. Tom Cotton is seeking to restrict federal funding to local governments giving out benefits to illegal immigrants, arguing that citizens should get priority during the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Monday, the Arkansas Republican introduced the No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act, which would amend the American Rescue Plan Act to make states and localities ineligible for funds until they certify they're not offering benefits to those residing in the country illegally.

"Some local governments are offering illegal immigrants thousands of dollars for jobs they lost during the pandemic — jobs that belong to Americans in the first place. The federal government shouldn't subsidize state efforts to send cash to illegal immigrants," Cotton said in a statement.

Cotton introduced a similar version of the bill in May of 2020 during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent funds from the first economic relief bill from going to illegal immigrants.

Cotton's new proposal follows the recent passage of a $212 billion budget deal by the New York Legislature that would provide up to $15,600 in relief to illegal residents, which marked the largest fund of its kind in the country.

The state's excluded workers fund is estimated to help almost 300,000 workers without legal status.

New York Democrats largely praised the measure, which passed after activists led hunger strikes and protests on behalf of the proposed relief to illegal immigrants.

"We're fighting for the dignity of all people," Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa told the Journal News. "We're fighting xenophobia in New York state. We're fighting the notion that the haves are better than the have-nots."

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, slammed the package.

"NY needed to be bailed out in the Biden-Schumer-Pelosi 'stimulus' package, and now they turn around and give the American taxpayer money to illegal aliens instead of Americans. The Socialist Dems show time and time again where their true priorities lie," Brooks tweeted.

Several people residing in the United States illegally expressed relief over the passage of the package. A construction worker in upstate New York who lost his job during the pandemic and asked to be identified only by his first name, Nelson, said the financial assistance was poignant for him.

"We're survivors of the virus, and we are only here because other people helped us out," the father of three from Honduras told the New York Times.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is reviewing the package to ensure its constitutionality, saying that it is a duty in line with her office's traditional role.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was signed by President Joe Biden in March. It was the third major coronavirus-related package passed by Congress, and it included $1,400 stimulus checks for people making below $75,000.

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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    4 weeks ago

Democrats continue to prove that illegal aliens are more important to them than US citizens.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Texan1211 @1    4 weeks ago

much more important than inbred rwnj goobers that are only US citizens by accident of birth, like cotton.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.1    4 weeks ago

Apparently more important than any Americans to Democrats.

I just don't get why people support illegal immigration or provide sanctuary to allow illegal aliens to continue to break our laws.

But that's some Democrats for ya!

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.2  Hallux  replied to  devangelical @1.1    4 weeks ago

I thought Trumpers didn't like folks with "pencil necks" ....

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.1.3  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.1    4 weeks ago
I just don't get why people support illegal immigration or provide sanctuary to allow illegal aliens to continue to break our laws.

I'm a progressive and I do not support illegal immigration. I also don't think that because a person is in our country illegally that is any reason to treat them as less than human. We need to have immigration reform where we welcome more immigrants legally so the wait isn't over a decade and we also need some form of migrant worker permit to allow some to come on a temporary basis for the seasonal agriculture work that most Americans don't want to do for minimum wage which will keep produce prices reasonable.

So if Republicans could agree to a compromise and work together on immigration reform I think we could almost eliminate illegal border crossing as few would take that risk if there was a simple, fair, legal way for migrant workers to come here and work. The problem is that few conservative Republicans seem to want to make that compromise, not because they desperately want to do the backbreaking low wage field work, but because some seem to see any brown person that doesn't speak English very well as a threat to their fantasy "white culture". That's also why many undocumented immigrants are treated as less than human by many of them even though it's likely that the undocumented immigrants ancestors were here in north America long before America even existed. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.4  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.1.3    4 weeks ago

No one suggested treating anyone as less than human.

Illegal is illegal.

Follow the LAW.

And NO federal money should be going to illegal aliens.

 
 
 
arkpdx
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1.1.5  arkpdx  replied to  Hallux @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

Well I am a conservative and I like you just fine. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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1.1.6  r.t..b...  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.4    4 weeks ago

‘Follow the LAW’

Then prosecute every company that ‘wink, wink’ USES this segment of the labor force. 

 
 
 
arkpdx
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1.1.7  arkpdx  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1.6    4 weeks ago

Fine with me. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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1.1.8  r.t..b...  replied to  arkpdx @1.1.7    4 weeks ago

Then put the onus on those who own the ladder rather than blame those on the bottom rung, just looking for a step up.

If that simple factor is not acknowledged, all other comments are rendered moot. 

 
 
 
arkpdx
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1.1.9  arkpdx  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1.8    4 weeks ago

I put the onus on both. If someone breaks the law they should suffer the consequences regardless of their place on the ladder. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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1.1.10  r.t..b...  replied to  arkpdx @1.1.9    4 weeks ago

Bullshit. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.11  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1.6    4 weeks ago

Go right ahead, I have zero problems with that. And when you catch employers hiring illegal aliens, punish them and deport the illegal aliens we catch working.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.12  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1.10    4 weeks ago

Oh, are you suggesting that we simply look away from illegal aliens and tolerate them here?

 
 
 
arkpdx
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1.1.13  arkpdx  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1.10    4 weeks ago

And you know that how?

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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1.1.14  1stwarrior  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1.6    4 weeks ago

8 U.S. Code § 1324 - Bringing in and harboring certain aliens

(2) Any person who, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an   alien   has not received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the   United States, brings to or attempts to bring to the   United States   in any manner whatsoever, such   alien,   regardless of any official action which may later be taken with respect to such   alien   shall, for each   alien   in respect to whom a violation of this paragraph occurs—
(A) be fined in accordance with title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; or
(B) in the case of—
            (i) an offense committed with the intent or with reason to believe that the alien unlawfully brought into the United States will commit an offense against the United States or any State punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year,
     
            (ii) an offense done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain , or
     
            (iii) an offense in which the alien is not upon arrival immediately brought and presented to an appropriate immigration officer at a designated port of entry,
be fined under title 18 and shall be imprisoned, in the case of a first or second violation of subparagraph (B)(iii), not more than 10 years, in the case of a first or second violation of subparagraph (B)(i) or (B)(ii), not less than 3 nor more than 10 years, and for any other violation, not less than 5 nor more than 15 years.
(3)
( A) Any person who, during any 12-month period, knowingly hires for employment at least 10 individuals with actual knowledge that the individuals are aliens described in subparagraph (B) shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.
(B) An   alien   described in this subparagraph is an   alien   who—
           (i) is an unauthorized  alien  (as defined in section 1324a(h)(3) of this title), and
           (ii) has been brought into the United States in violation of this subsection.
The "Law" that is not being followed because of the big bucks being donated to Congress
 
 
 
r.t..b...
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1.1.15  r.t..b...  replied to  1stwarrior @1.1.14    4 weeks ago

Thanks for the info. As always, follow the $$$...

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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1.2  XXJefferson51  replied to  Texan1211 @1    4 weeks ago

There is no lower priority to democrat political leaders than working and middle class American citizens.  

 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.2    4 weeks ago

Comment 1.2 is a flat out lie.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.2.2  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Gsquared @1.2.1    4 weeks ago

Perhaps just an exaggeration.

He could have said that:

There is no higher priority to democrat political leaders than illegal aliens.
 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  Texan1211 @1.2.2    4 weeks ago
There is no higher priority to democrat political leaders than illegal aliens.
a flat out lie
 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.2.4  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Gsquared @1.2.3    4 weeks ago

[deleted]

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2  seeder  Texan1211    4 weeks ago

I wish Democrats put even half as much effort into helping Americans as they seem to do in helping and aiding and abetting illegal aliens.

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
3  Tacos!    4 weeks ago
"We're fighting for the dignity of all people,"

No, you aren’t. Handing out cash to citizens of other countries is not about their dignity. If you aren’t held to the same standards as others, that diminishes your dignity; it doesn’t elevate it.

 
 
 
arkpdx
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3.1  arkpdx  replied to  Tacos! @3    4 weeks ago

I frankly don't give a crap about the dignity of those that ignore our laws and enter our country illegally I especially don't care about those that then demand they be treated better than actual citizens

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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3.1.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  arkpdx @3.1    4 weeks ago

I have far more contempt for and strong dislike of other Americans who demand that illegal aliens be treated better than actual Americans than I do for the illegals themselves.  

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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4  Thrawn 31    4 weeks ago

Meh, until we come down on businesses employing illegal immigrants all of this is moot. If the demand is there someone will supply. 

Of course, the big thing no politicians seem to want to tackle is the agriculture industry. How do we get rid of illegal immigrants without completely destroying America’s agriculture? Someone has to do the field work and we have more than enough studies and failed programs that make it clear Americans will not do it. And don’t say prisoners, already tried and failed. Fact is we need immigrants for that, and our current immigration system is such a pile of shit that it is t even possible to legally bring in enough seasonal workers on visas to meet the demand. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
4.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4    4 weeks ago

We supply agriculture will legally here aliens on temporary work visas who go home to their country of origin when the term is over and reapply to re up for another visit here.  

 
 
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