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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has introduced new legislation that is strongly supported by House conservatives, called “No Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers for Illegal Aliens Act,” which cuts off federally-funded legal support to those who come into the United States illegally.
Boebert told Fox News that no organization or city that is the recipient of federal funds should spend it on legal aid for people who cross the southern border illegally.
“The principle is really simple: No more American tax dollars to help illegal aliens cut the line and skirt our laws,” Boebert said in an interview with Fox News Digital.
The bill takes direct aim at the Biden administration’s effort to provide legal services to illegal immigrants coming into the country via seven border towns. The Legal Access at the Border (LAB) program seeks to assist migrants in their preparation to enter the immigration process for Arizona, California, and Texas, Axios reported in January. Services will be provided to those attempting to cross the Southern border, already in Border Patrol custody, or who are enrolled in the reinstated Remain in Mexico program.
“Democrats want to treat border detention facilities like an Oprah Winfrey show,” Boebert quipped. “You get free education, you get a free plane ticket. You get free medical care. You get free, free, free. It really has to stop and my bill is the first step in this process.”
Boebert Legislation by Fox News
The legislation also zeroes in on private organizations getting federal taxpayer dollars that fund immigrant defense programs, specifically the Vera Institute of Justice which was awarded a $158 million taxpayer-funded contract to help unaccompanied minors avoid deportation.
Boebert’s bill would also block cities from funneling money towards legal aid given to illegal immigrants. The Vera Institute is collaborating with a number of cities across the nation in an effort to create a public defender system for immigrants facing deportation. Cities have given an estimated $5.6 million in taxpayer money to the legal defense of illegal immigrants, according to one report.
The Vera Institute of Justice told Fox News in January that providing legal representation to immigrants is “widely supported and in line with our most fundamental shared American values.”
“No one should appear in immigration court without a lawyer, especially when the consequences include possible deportation and separation from one’s family and community. It’s the government’s responsibility to protect the fundamental rights, health, and security of everyone in our communities, including immigrants who are targeted by our expanding federal enforcement system,” the organization added.
Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) introduced legislation called “Stop the Betrayal Act” last month to prohibit taxpayer money from being spent on migrant flights into the U.S. interior. Her bill is in response to footage showing illegal immigrants being secretly flown into the United States in the dead of night.
Enough is enough. The Biden border crisis is threatening our communities. I’m leading the charge in Congress to fight back. pic.twitter.com/Si24Dmnf9a
— Ashley Hinson (@hinsonashley) February 4, 2022
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Both bills stand little chance of moving forward since Democrats control Congress currently. But they are a taste of what is coming down the pike if Republicans win back both the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. It is widely expected they will sweep the board in November.
Boebert asserted it’s time to return to former President Trump’s policy of “America first.”
“Gone are the days where we allow foreign nationals to break our laws illegally, cross the Southern border, and then we the people provide a legal defense at American taxpayers’ expense so they can remain here illegally,” she declared.
seems like common sense. a shame there has to be a law to enforce what’s common sense.
— timbo (@tjw1983) February 7, 2022
She’s not alone by any means. GOP Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Lance Gooden of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Tom McClintock of California, Bill Posey of Florida, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, and Mary Miller of Illinois all back Boebert’s bill.
“Non-profit entities and the Biden Administration brazenly use taxpayer dollars for lawyers for illegal aliens to abuse American laws and courts and avoid the deportation they deserve,” Brooks noted in a statement. “This heinous misuse of tax dollars to undermine the rule of law is emblematic of the Biden administration’s extremely harmful policy of importing as many illegal aliens as they can as quickly as they can.”
The bill would make a legal aid exception for minors who have been trafficked. Boebert’s bill is endorsed by NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
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