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Senate Republicans, Led By Daines, Move To Block Reported $450K Payments To Illegal Immigrants

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Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Wednesday moved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, which would bar a reported plan by the Biden administration to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to illegal immigrants who were separated at the border – just as President Biden strongly denied the report.

The amendment would prohibit cash settlements resulting from the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy — which in some cases led to children and their parents or guardians being separated.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments of $450,000 to those who crossed the border illegally and were separated from family members. It is in response to a lawsuit by civil rights groups.

The payments could therefore amount to close to $1 million per family and $1 billion overall, although the Journal said that many families would get smaller payouts.

The New York Times, which also reported the planned payments, estimated that about 5,500 children were separated from parents at the southern border under the policy.

The reports led to outrage by Republicans, who have said the proposal would reward illegal behavior and incentivize more of it, with Daines calling it a “gut… (Read more)

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