Congressional Democrats are pushing a broad range of measures to help illegal immigrants during the coronavirus.
Fox News reported the Democrats are pressing for the release of those in detention and calling for the illegal immigrants to be eligible for over a thousand dollars each in stimulus payments.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is cracking down on both illegal and legal immigration, the news network noted. He has ordered travel bans on China, Iran and the European Union and has curbed entry on land borders to the north and south.
Now Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., have introduced a bill to release immigrants from detention and block any immigration enforcement against those not deemed a “significant” threat.
“We have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly disease, and that means moving people out of detention centers when they do not pose a public safety risk,” Booker said.
And Democrats are demanding that the next round of stimulus checks include illegal immigrants by modifying a requirement that recipients have a Social Security number to receive one, Fox News reported.
“Can you believe it?” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said. “We forgot to have the Treasury Department send money to people here illegally. My goodness. What an oversight,”
In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said that “everyone” in the U.S. must receive health benefits during the pandemic regardless of citizenship or legal status.
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