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Tom Cotton calls for withholding stimulus funds from states, cities where illegal immigrants get payments

Tom Cotton calls for withholding stimulus funds from states, cities where illegal immigrants get payments

by Charles Creitz | Fox News  |  Published on May 20, 2020

Senate Armed Services Committee member Tom Cotton, R-Ark., joined “Hannity” Tuesday to discuss his proposed legislation that would prevent the federal government from sending taxpayer-funded stimulus dollars to states or cities that issue payments to people in the U.S. illegally.

“We shouldn’t be spending hard-earned taxpayer dollars on illegal immigrants at a time when 35 million Americans are out of work,” Cotton said. “If we are going to be giving relief checks to those people who are out of work, we need to focus on American citizens, not illegal immigrants.”

Under Cotton’s No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act, states or cities must certify that illegal aliens are not receiving coronavirus stimulus checks or other payments. State and city governments that refuse to comply with the certification requirements will not be eligible for funds from the CARES Act.

Paycheck Protection Program loans, unemployment benefits and relief checks sent to American citizens in those locations would not be affected.

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