Republicans in the Senate are set to introduce legislation barring any payment to illegal immigrants separated under the Trump administration.
Following allegations that the Biden administration was planning on making payments to illegal immigrants separated under Trump, four Republican senators have decided to challenge the president via new legislation.
As Fox News reports, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as Senators Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton, and John Cornyn are set to introduce a bill on Thursday titled the Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act.
"Notwithstanding any other provision of law," the bill reads, "no Federal funds, including amounts deposited into the Judgment Fund established under section 1304 of title 31, United States Code, may be expended for any legal settlement to any individual who violated section 275(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1325(a)) if the claims giving rise to such settlement are based on the lawful detention of such individual as part of a family unit after entry at a port of entry or between ports of entry along the southern border of the United States after January 20, 2017."
According to Fox News, twenty-one Republican senators have co-sponsored the bill.
The decision to introduce legislation comes after the Biden Administration appeared set to deliver payouts to illegal immigrants. Some reports suggested the amounts would be as high as $450,000 per person, however President Biden himself said claims that the number would be that high were "garbage."