Republicans are starting to attack President Joe Biden’s dubious idea of paying illegal immigrants $450,000 as atonement for America enforcing its own laws.
The Biden administration suggests American taxpayers owe people who suffered for having their families separated at the border under former President Donald Trump. Some of those families have sued for Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of stopping illegal immigrants.
One example of the GOP counterattack occurred on Sunday, when Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott, during an appearance on Fox News, asked why we would pay people who broke U.S. laws.
“What are we thinking? Why would we be doing this? They broke our laws. These individuals broke the laws of the United States of America and then the Biden administration wants to write them a check?” Scott told host Chris Wallace.
“I mean at first — and then they want to — the same — the same administration wants to go snoop into your bank account and take more of your money. This is wrong. We’ve got to start — do the logical things, secure the border, balance the budget, watch how you spend money, cut taxes.”
“This is what Americans want. They don’t — they don’t want this crazy, radical, socialist agenda that the Biden administration has come up with.”
“It makes you mad, what’s going on in this country,” Scott added.
Breitbart News reported on Sunday that overall the payments, if provided, could cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.
The outlet also noted that the amount Biden’s team is proposing would double that given to families of the victims of 9/11.
Breitbart also noted the reaction of some Republicans to the original Wall Street Journal article outlining the plan over the past few days.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had a terse reply to the idea: “No,” he tweeted.
J.D. Vance, an Ohio Senate candidate and best-selling author, mocked the idea on Twitter. “We’re very sorry that we have laws and you broke them. Here’s a half million bucks,” he tweeted. He added that such a move would be “civilizational homicide.”
Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona tweeted, “Illegal aliens should be fined $450,000 and deported 600 at a time on those C-130’s we used to bring illegal aliens into this country from Afghanistan.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said on Twitter: “The Biden Administration wants you to give $1 million to illegal immigrant families who broke the law. This is beyond open borders. It’s an assault on American sovereignty.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said, “Why does Biden continuously put illegal immigrants before the American people?”
Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas noted, “Joe Biden wants to track when Americans spend $600, but give illegal aliens $450,000.”
Rep. Barry Moore of Alabama said, “If you’re a foreign citizen on the fence about illegally entering the U.S., how would you react if you heard Biden would cut you a $450,000 check for the “trauma” of breaking our laws? Biden is intentionally making the #BidenBorderCrisis worse.”
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