UPDATED 12:49 PM PT – Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tore into Joe Biden’s reported plan to pay out millions to illegal immigrants separated under President Trump. On the Senate floor Monday, McConnell said Biden is further incentivizing illegal immigration with six-to-seven figure checks.
“Honestly, this absurd idea feels like satirical policy proposal that Republicans would’ve invented to make a parody out of the radical left. And the next thing, you know, they’ll be sending out million-dollar checks to illegal immigrants. But this is literally what the Biden administration wants to do according to reports that they have not denied,” said McConnell.
Last week, the Biden administration announced a program to give around $450,000, or up to $1 million, to separated immigrants whose children suffer from psychological trauma. McConnell pointed out this comes at a time when American taxpayers are barely scraping by amid Biden’s economic policies.
“The American people are hurting,” expressed McConnell. “Inflation just hit another 30-year record high, families are paying skyrocketing prices for everyday needs, the murder rate across the country just recorded its biggest jump ever…but here’s what the Biden administration is focused on, handing out six-figure and seven-figure payments to illegal immigrants.”
President Biden’s policies have already brought us record-high illegal border crossings and decade-low ICE enforcement. And now Democrats will not deny reports they want to send millions of dollars to illegal immigrants in legal settlements. pic.twitter.com/0gQyRr26uh
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) November 1, 2021
The Kentucky Republican stressed Democrats who are advocating for compassionate immigration policies are in turn getting a weaker border.
“They think compassion requires weakness, weak security, weak enforcement, weak on upholding the rule of law, and now apparently we’re a cruel country unless we hand out a million dollars per family to illegal immigrants who sue America. But the entire concept is dead wrong,” said McConnell. “It is not compassionate to lure people from all over the world through dangerous journeys with a promise of open borders, socialism. In fact, the government paying out six-figure sums that multiply with every additional child in toe will only incentivize the riskiest and most dangerous kinds of illegal immigration. We will be guaranteeing that even more children are dragged along the dangerous journey.”
McConnell asserted that rewarding financial payments to illegal immigrants who have violated federal law by breaking into the U.S., will only encourage more lawlessness at the border.
Meanwhile, 11 other Republican senators wrote a letter to Biden urging him to reject the potential payouts.