Capito Leads Fight to Stop Payments to Illegal Immigrants

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, has joined her colleagues in introducing legislation to prevent payments for legal settlements for illegal immigration, something the Biden administration is considering to the tune of $450,000 per person.

Under the Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act, authored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), no federal funds, including money from the Judgment Fund, could be spent to enrich illegal immigrants at the expense of hardworking American taxpayers.

“Under any circumstance, rewarding illegal immigrants with cash handouts is unacceptable, let alone in President Biden’s inflation economy when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet,” Senator Capito said. “We’ve already seen the Biden administration create a border crisis by halting construction of the border wall, ending the effective Remain in Mexico policy, and reversing key asylum restrictions. This mind-boggling new proposal of paying illegal immigrants up to $450,000 each is another backwards move that will further incentivize people to continue breaking our immigration laws in record numbers. We cannot allow this to happen.”

The full text of the bill can be found here.


Senator Capito is also a cosponsor of the Judgment Fund Accountability Actwhich wouldprevent Judgement Fund dollars from going to illegal immigrants, and enact a series of rules to boost transparency and public disclosure payments from the fund.

Additionally, Senator Capito introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022(NDAA) and standalone legislation to block these payments.


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