Hoeven Joins Daines in Introducing Legislation to Block Taxpayer Funded Payments to Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON — Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Steve Daines in introducing a bill to block President Biden’s reported plan to pay $450,000 per person in taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrants. The senators are introducing both a standalone bill and an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 to prevent these taxpayer-funded settlements.

“The crisis at the southern border continues to grow and now instead of securing the border and enforcing our laws, the Biden administration is planning to pay $450,000 to individuals who broke our laws. This is not only wrong, but will exacerbate the crisis at the border,” said Hoeven. “Our legislation ensures that the Biden administration does not reward those who broke our laws and entered our country illegally. We need to secure the border and enforce our laws, not provide additional incentives for individuals to come here illegally.”

“Biden’s open border policies have reached a new crazy level. Montana families are struggling with inflation and skyrocketing costs on everything from gas to groceries because of Biden’s wasteful spending policies, and now the President wants to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to illegal immigrants. Because of Biden, our southern border has been taken over by Mexican cartels and this effort will only continue to incentivize illegal immigration making it worse. This is a gut punch to the American taxpayer,” Daines said.

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In addition to Hoeven and Daines, the bill is being introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (Ark.), John Kennedy (La.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Todd Young (Ind.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), John Boozman (Ark.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.).