Tom Cotton leads push to bar federal funding to localities financing illegal immigrants

Sen. Tom Cotton is seeking to restrict federal funding to local governments giving out benefits to illegal immigrants, arguing that citizens should get priority during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the Arkansas Republican introduced the No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act, which would amend the American Rescue Plan Act to make states and localities ineligible for funds until they certify they’re not offering benefits to those residing in the country illegally.

“Some local governments are offering illegal immigrants thousands of dollars for jobs they lost during the pandemic — jobs that belong to Americans in the first place. The federal government shouldn’t subsidize state efforts to send cash to illegal immigrants,” Cotton said in a statement.

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