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English/Español: Rubio Joins Daines and Republican Colleagues in Senate Effort to Block Taxpayer Funded Payments to Illegal Immigrants

Nov 3, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Republican colleagues in introducing a standalone bill and an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA) to block President Joe Biden’s reported plan to provide $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to those illegal immigrants who broke our laws. 
Rubio and Daines were joined in introducing the bill and amendment by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), Todd Young (R-IN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Mike Crapo (R-ID).
“Since his candidacy, President Biden has repeatedly signaled that America’s borders are open,” Rubio said. “It’s no wonder illegal immigration has skyrocketed as a result. Now, the Biden Administration is seeking to pay large sums of money to those who sought to illegally cross our border. This is complete and utter lunacy. I will not allow American taxpayers to be forced into paying reparations to those who broke the law.”
“Biden’s open border policies have reached a new crazy level,” Daines said. “Montana families are struggling with inflation and skyrocketing costs on everything from gas to groceries because of Biden’s wasteful spending policies, and now the President wants to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to illegal immigrants. Because of Biden, our southern border has been taken over by Mexican cartels and this effort will only continue to incentivize illegal immigration making it worse. This is a gut punch to the American taxpayer.”
 “Giving out potentially billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to people who broke federal law to enter the country is outrageous and an insult to the American people,” McConnell said. “ I am proud to support this amendment to ensure the Biden Administration doesn’t do this.” 
“It would be unthinkable to pay damages to a burglar who broke into your home for the ‘psychological trauma’ they endured during the crime. And yet the Biden Administration wants to reward migrants who illegally entered our country with up to $450,000 each for just that reason,” Cotton said. “President Biden’s promises of citizenship and entitlement programs have already caused the worst border crisis in history—a huge cash reward will make it even worse. This is the height of insanity.”
“Sending money to illegal immigrants rewards people for breaking the law, and that only makes the border crisis more dangerous,” Kennedy said. “These settlements with illegal aliens would be a bitter insult to every person who has come to America by respecting our laws and borders. I’m happy to partner with Sen. Daines to prevent the Biden Administration from undermining and apologizing for the rule of law.” 
“There are already countless pull factors enticing immigrants to cross our Southern Border illegally,” Lee said. “Nearly 1.5 million illegal crossers have been found by Customs and Border Protection just this year. Paying those who broke our laws nearly half a million dollars is unconscionable. This is yet another effort by the Biden Administration to prioritize illegal immigration and a porous border over the best interest of Americans.” 
“The Biden Administration is in complete denial of the crisis their policies have created at our border,” Johnson said. “Instead of reinstituting successful policies that stemmed the flow of illegal immigration, President Biden is facilitating the multibillion dollar business model of some of the most evil people on the planet. Offering money to those who break the law will only create a magnet for more illegal immigration. I’m happy to co-sponsor this bill with Sen. Daines to rein in some of Biden’s disastrous border policies.” 
“Joe Biden wants to give illegal aliens over four times more money than our Gold Star families that have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Blackburn said. “It is downright shameful that time and again President Biden chooses to put illegals over law abiding and hardworking Americans. President Biden is not only encouraging, but paying immigrants almost half a million apiece to break the law. The legislation I am joining with Senator Daines and our colleagues will ensure this leftist daydream does not become a reality Tennesseans are forced to pay for.” 
“It is absurd the Biden Administration wants to pay illegal migrants $450,000 for crossing the border and getting caught,” said Cassidy. “This creates a monetary incentive for migrant families to put their children in harms way.”
“People in Wyoming are not interested in bankrolling yet another handout from the federal government, especially to those who broke the law,” Lummis said. “It’s long past time to secure our borders and begin taking our crippling national debt seriously. A $450,000 check to those who crossed our border illegally will not do anything to make our country safer or financially secure. I applaud Senator Daines for standing up for Wyoming citizens, and all Americans, who recognize the absurdity of this proposal from the Biden Administration.”
“At a time where millions of Americans are struggling economically due to record high inflation levels, it’s appalling for the Biden Administration to offer large taxpayer funded payouts to those who violated our immigration laws,” Braun said. “President Biden has made it clear where his priorities lie and it’s not with the American people.” 
“The crisis at the southern border continues to grow and now instead of securing the border and enforcing our laws, the Biden Administration is planning to pay $450,000 to individuals who broke our laws,” Hoeven said. “This is not only wrong, but will exacerbate the crisis at the border. Our legislation ensures that the Biden Administration does not reward those who broke our laws and entered our country illegally. We need to secure the border and enforce our laws, not provide additional incentives for individuals to come here illegally.”
“Instead of discouraging illegal entry into the United States, the Biden-Harris Administration wants to hand illegal immigrants a winning lottery ticket,” Young said. “This half-baked scheme is an insult to hardworking Americans who will never see a check that large and the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line for far less.”
“Just when you thought President Biden’s border crisis or inflation couldn’t get any worse, the President wants to cut $450,000 checks to illegal immigrants on the backs of hardworking American taxpayers,” Ernst said. “That’s more than Gold Star families receive after their relative is killed in action. This proposal is outrageous and incredibly disrespectful to the loved ones of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.” 
“It’s plain unacceptable to consider payments of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to people who violated our laws,” Grassley said. “Such a move would just worsen the already record-breaking border crisis, and undermine both common sense and the rule of law. These settlement payments should never have been considered in the first place, but because we can’t rely on the Biden Administration to make the right decision, Congress needs to step in to ensure they don’t happen.” 
“Illegal immigration does not deserve a reward, and this proposal sends exactly the wrong message to hardworking families across the country as well as to those who obeyed our laws and followed proper procedure to come to the United States,” Boozman said. “This plan is the latest example of the Biden Administration’s disastrous immigration policies continuing to undermine secure borders and the rule of law, and my colleagues and I will fight every step of the way to defeat it.”
“During the worst border crisis in decades, the last thing this country needs is to use taxpayer funds to add fuel to the fire,” Wicker said. “The Biden Administration should be focused on stopping the flow of people across our border, not giving new incentives to migrants who are considering making the journey.”
“It’s truly mindboggling to think the Biden Administration wants to give illegal immigrants six-figure payouts for crossing our border illegally — more than what’s offered to the families of our fallen troops,” Hyde-Smith said. “I, along with hardworking Mississippians and Americans, am still waiting for the President and his administration to disavow these reports. The worst of the President’s ongoing border crisis is yet to come if his administration makes these outrageous payments, which will be seen as another signal that the United States has opened its borders.”
“As if President Biden leaving our southern border wide open for thousands of people to pour into our country isn’t enough, now his administration plans to provide hundreds of illegal immigrants with $450,000 each as a reward for breaking the law,” Marshall said. “Incentivizing this type of crime will only exacerbate the crisis at our southern border, and Americans’ tax dollars should not fund this ridiculous stunt led by the Biden Administration.”
“The Biden Administration’s handling at our southern border has been nothing short of disastrous,” Risch said. “Rewarding illegal immigrants with hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will only incentivize more illegal immigration and increase the flow of illegal drugs across the border and into states like Idaho. We cannot allow this administration to pay people to break our laws.”


Washington, D.C. El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) se unió al senador Steve Daines (R-MT) y a colegas republicanos en presentar una legislación y una enmienda a la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional para el año fiscal 2022 (NDAA, por sus siglas en inglés) para bloquear el supuesto plan del presidente Joe Biden de proporcionar $450,000 dólares con fondos de los contribuyentes a inmigrantes ilegales que violaron nuestras leyes migratorias. 
Junto a Rubio y Daines, en la presentación del proyecto de ley y la enmienda estuvieron el líder republicano en el Senado, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), y los senadores Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R -ND), Todd Young (R-IN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Wicker (R-MS) ), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Jim Risch (R-ID) y Mike Crapo (R-ID).
“Desde su candidatura, el presidente Biden ha señalado repetidamente que las fronteras de EE.UU. están abiertas”, Rubio dijo. “No es de extrañar que la inmigración ilegal se haya disparado como resultado. Ahora, la Administración Biden busca pagar grandes sumas de dinero a quienes intentaron cruzar ilegalmente nuestra frontera. Esto es una completa y absoluta locura. No permitiré que los contribuyentes de EE.UU. se vean obligados a pagar reparaciones a quienes infringieron la ley “.