(Right Country) – Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has proposed legislation that would block the federal government from giving taxpayer-funded stimulus money to states and cities who would in turn hand it over to illegal aliens.
Cotton revealed his plans to Fox News host Sean Hannity just hours after introducing the No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act.
Senator Cotton said that it is ridiculous to give taxpayer money to illegal aliens who shouldn’t even be in the country in the first place when there are millions of Americans who have no idea how they will feed their children day by day.
“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 the act, states or cities would be required to certify that illegal aliens are not receiving coronavirus checks or other payments to be qualified for federal bailouts. Those who refuse to do so would not be eligible for funds from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).
Hannity noted that so-called “sanctuary cities” have devastating 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 would amend the CARES Act to prevent funds from going to states or cities until they certify they’re not 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.”