A group of Senate Republicans is attempting to prevent President Joe Biden’s administration from implementing a widely circulated plan that would pay $450,000 to border crossers who were subjected to former President Trump’s “Zero Tolerance Policy.” The ACLU represents several border crossers who allege they have been traumatized due to the Zero Tolerance policy.
Senators Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, and Mitch McConnell have sponsored legislation prohibiting the federal government from using public funds to settle with illegal immigrants. Attorneys are exploring a strategy to pay each border crosser $450,000 and family units $1 million as part of the settlement. The rewards would cost over a billion dollars in total.
President Joe Biden’s idea to expand the number of immigrants who may claim asylum is “beyond farce,” according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and will aggravate the Democrats’ border issue. “At a time when American families are trying to keep up with President Biden’s inflation, the President now wants to make illegal millionaires,” McConnell added.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has sponsored legislation that would ban government funding from flowing to anyone who broke federal immigration law in court settlements. Cotton: “Paying damages to a thief who broke into your home for the ‘psychological pain’ they experienced during the crime would be unimaginable.” He claims that the law would exacerbate the problem, claiming that “the Biden administration’s promises of citizenship and entitlement programs have already generated the biggest border crisis in history.”
Approximately 63 percent of Americans, including 64 percent of swing voters and four-in-ten voters who favored Biden against Donald Trump, told pollsters that they reject the payouts. According to a recent study done by the Center for American Immigration Studies, most Americans, including probable swing votes, leave the $450,000 border-crosser rewards (CAIS). Compensation for victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Boston Marathon explosions would be billions of dollars. The reimbursements may offer over 80,000 homeless Americans housing for a year or cancel student loan debt for 27,000 college graduates.