FIRST ON FOX: Representative Buddy Carter, R-Ga., Introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban discretionary federal funds from going to states that provide state aid to illegal immigrants – warning those states are encouraging the migrant crisis by course at the border.
“I’m very convinced that the taxpayer money that hard-working Americans pay should never go to illegal immigrants, but some states are playing with the system,” Carter told Fox News in an interview.
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The bill would prohibit federal funds from going to a state if the head of the agency determines that the state has programs in place where the money goes to those illegally in the country. While these people are not entitled to receive federal funds, Carter says liberal states are working around this.
“They get these funds from federal agencies which are discretionary funds that can be used in a number of different places and they use them to replace public money that is used for illegal immigrants – so it’s a game of shell, “he said.
The bill has so far 10 co-signers, including representatives Brian Babin, R-Texas; Madison Cawthorn, RN.C .; Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., And Diana Harshbarger, R-Tenn., And comes as Republicans sound the alarm bells more and more about the potential costs of illegal immigration and a renewed crisis on the southern border.
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More than 178,000 migrants were met in April, including a significant number of migrant families and unaccompanied children. Lawmakers have expressed concern about the costs to the taxpayer and the lack of information on the number of migrants sent to their states.
While the Biden administration blamed root causes such as violence and poverty in Central America for the surge in migrants, Republicans said a rollback to Trump-era immigration policy and the incentives such as states including illegal immigrants in public assistance programs encouraged the source.
Carter said the bill was underscored by the ongoing crisis, and said his constituents in Georgia had made it a top priority for him.
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“They have expressed this concern and they demanded action, they have had enough, we are all tired of seeing what is happening at this border and we are tired of this administration ignoring it,” he said.
He referred to state programs in places like New York City – which will offer one-time payments of up to $ 15,600 to illegal immigrants who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
“These state programs attract illegal immigrants,” Carter said. “They know it, they’ve heard about it and that’s one of the reasons they’re trying to come here so they can get some of that money.”
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The bill is one of many efforts by House Republicans to resolve the southern border crisis. Last week, Representative Ashley Hinton, R-Iowa, introduced a bill that would ban the use of federal funds for the trip of Vice President Kamala Harris until she makes it to the border .
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