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Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) proposed legislation that would block the federal government from giving taxpayer-funded stimulus money to left-wing states and cities that give coronavirus relief checks to illegal aliens.
Cotton made the remarks to Fox News host Sean Hannity hours after introducing the No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act.
Senator Cotton says it’s ridiculous to give taxpayer money to illegal immigrants who shouldn’t even be in the country in the first place when millions of unemployed Americans are lining up at food banks because they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
“We shouldn’t be spending hard-earned taxpayer dollars on illegal immigrants at a time when 35 million Americans are out of work,” Cotton said. “If we are going to be giving relief checks to those people who are out of work, we need to focus on American citizens, not illegal immigrants.”
Under Cotton’s No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act, states or cities must certify that illegal aliens are not receiving coronavirus relief checks or other payments if they want to receive federal bailouts. Those that refuse will not be eligible for funds from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).
Hannity agreed with Cotton, pointing out that left-wing sanctuary cities have parasitic income-tax rates and a history of gross financial mismanagement.
“New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and California have some of the highest state income taxes in the entire country,” Hannity told Cotton. “Now, there is more waste, fraud, abuse, debt, deficits. They are now trying to get people like yourself and people in red states that elect responsible politicians that don’t tax and spend to death to bail them out. That means bail out their stupidity.”
Hannity added: “You talk about illegal immigration. How much is that costing the state of California every year, the state of New York every year? A lot of money.”
The No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act amends the CARES Act to block federal funds from going to states or cities until they certify they aren’t issuing stimulus checks or other payments to illegal immigrants.
“Congress passed the CARES Act to help workers impacted by the China virus pandemic — not to give a handout to those who broke our immigration laws,” Senator Cotton said. “The federal government shouldn’t be subsidizing states’ efforts to send cash to illegal aliens.”
Cotton introduced the legislation after learning that “yesterday, undocumented immigrants in California were able to begin filing for financial assistance in the wake of the China Virus pandemic.”
The No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act will not affect Paycheck Protection Program loans offered under the CARES Act to companies and nonprofit organizations. It also will not affect the unemployment provisions or the relief checks offered to Americans under the CARES Act.
Senator Cotton said he also plans to introduce laws that will encourage domestic drug production.
“Unfortunately, it is a tragic irony that the country that unleashed this pandemic on the world also controls many of the most basic pharmaceutical ingredients for the United States,” Cotton said. “That does have to stop.”
Cotton added: “I’ve got legislation that would give incentives to build more manufacturing capacity right here in the United States and ultimately ban the import of pharmaceuticals from China, many of which are adulterated to begin with.”
Tom Cotton is a Harvard Law School graduate who was a captain in the U.S. Army. He is hailed as a future star of the Republican Party. He is a vocal Trump supporter and an immigration hawk.
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