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Rubio Leads Bill to Criminalize Payments Financing Unlawful Entry Into the U.S.

Feb 9, 2023 | Press Releases

Illegal crossings into the United States continue to overwhelm American communities, while coyotes and cartels continue to profit from human smuggling. Currently, under federal law, there are only vague criminal offenses which address the encouragement, inducement, or aiding and assisting of unlawful entry into the U.S. 

In response, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and colleagues introduced the No Coyote Cash Act to criminalize payments made with the intent of financing unlawful entry into the U.S., and to penalize convicted foreign aliens who have violated this law by making them deportable and inadmissible for reentrance. 

  • “President Biden’s failed open border policy continues to incentivize the crisis at our border. This commonsense bill targets one of the root causes of illegal migration. We must ensure those who pay cartels, smugglers, and coyotes are convicted for enriching criminals’ pockets through human smuggling.” – Senator Rubio

  • “For too long, the U.S. has looked the other way as individuals paid cartel smugglers to bring their friends and family to the U.S. illegally, which has only led to an increase in chaos at the border and victimization of vulnerable populations. We are thankful that Senator Rubio wants to put a stop to it.” – Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations, NumbersUSA

Senators Roger Marshall (R-KS), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Katie Britt (R-AL), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) cosponsored the bill.

  • “Human smuggling is a tragic humanitarian consequence of President Biden’s open borders agenda. While this President refuses to do what is necessary to stop the trafficking at the southern border, we are leading the way with this legislation that stiffens the penalties for anyone offering financial support to these criminals.” – Senator Marshall

  • “The coyotes and cartels will continue to profit from human smuggling as long as our border policies are weak. We must put a stop to this illegal and immoral billion-dollar operation.” – Senator Braun

  • “There is a crisis at the border, plain and simple. Smugglers with no concern for human life are profiting from those desperate to cross the border and it is time we put a stop to that. Those who facilitate and finance the inhumane smuggling of children and families at the border should be prosecuted. Thank you to Senator Rubio for introducing this important legislation.” – Senator Lummis

  • “With a record number of Americans dying from fentanyl poisoning, record deaths among migrants attempting to cross the border, record profits by the cartels, and a record amount of people on the terrorism watchlist apprehended at the border, there is no doubt that this is a crisis unlike which we have ever seen. It is critical that we end incentives and loopholes that are encouraging people to break the law and game the system. This bill would protect vulnerable children, women, and men from being exploited by dangerous criminals, while also helping stem the tide of immigrants illegally flooding across our porous southern border.” – Senator Britt