A group of Republican lawmakers have stepped up in an effort to prevent President Joe Biden’s administration from issuing payments up to $450,000 in taxpayer money to illegal aliens.
The massive payments which essentially reward those who crossed the border illegally, were earmarked for illegals separated at the border under former President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policies.
Sens. James Lankford, Rick Scott, Pat Toomey, Bill Cassidy, Mike Rounds, Bill Hagerty and Mike Braun on Tuesday introduced the Congressional Review of Agency Legal Settlements Act.
According to Lankford’s office, the bill “empowers Congress to ensure agencies don’t skirt the formal rulemaking processes of the Administration Procedures Act and misuse federal tax dollars for exorbitant financial awards in legal settlements.”
“If the Biden administration is going to propose settlements as a way to pay people off, like the $450,000 settlements for illegal border crossers, then the agreements should be subject to congressional disapproval and nullification just like other ill-advised executive actions like vaccine mandates,” Lankford said in a statement.
Reports of the payments initially emerged in October as the Biden administration planned to pay members of families separated at the border as much as $450,000 apiece.
A short time after the reports, Biden claimed they were “garbage” and “That’s not going to happen” — but a day later White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president was “perfectly comfortable” with giving payouts to separated families although she did not confirm an amount.
“The president was – what he was reacting to was the dollar figure that was mentioned,” Jean-Pierre said.
When Biden was questioned about the reports by the media at a White House briefing, the president lost his mind.
“I’d like to ask you, real quick, sir: Where do you stand?” a reporter asked. “You said last week that this report about migrant families at the border getting payments was ‘garbage.’”
“No, I didn’t say that,” Biden claimed.
“Let’s get it straight. You said everybody coming across the border gets $500- — $450,000,” Biden said.
“Now, here’s the thing: If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you were coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, and you lost your child — you lost your child — it’s gone — you deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance,” Biden yelled. “What that will be, I have no idea. I have no idea. Yes.”
Biden’s approach towards illegal immigration has been relaxed to say the least. On top of floating these massive payments which indirectly incentivize breaking the law by entering the country illegally – recent reports have revealed that deportations under the Democrat leader are down big time during Biden’s time in office.
The deportations of illegal immigrants have dropped up to 90% with Biden in office, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
The report, based on information obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed the number of illegal immigrants deported from January 21 to July 9, 2021, was 90% lower than the same period in 2019, the last year prior to the pandemic.
“Immigration enforcement, as measured by the number of aliens removed from the country, has collapsed to the lowest level since the mid-1990s, according to ICE deportation records the Center has obtained. Under policies imposed by the Biden administration, removals dropped by 80 percent since last year’s low point during the pandemic lockdown, and by 90 percent since 2019, the last normal year for ICE operations,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said in the report.
A special concern noted in the report also included the significant drop in the number of deportations of illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes.
“The number of aliens removed who had serious criminal convictions also has declined by over 50 percent from 2020 and by 65 percent since 2019,” the report observed.
The report also concluded the Biden administration’s policies have “hobbled” immigration enforcement.
“The Biden policies appear to have been adopted with the goal of hobbling immigration enforcement, not enhancing public safety or ensuring the integrity of immigration laws or even making better use of government resources,” Vaughan concluded.
Author: Blake Irving