(CNSNews) -- On Tuesday, May 19, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced the No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act, which would prohibit sending any future coronavirus/stimulus funds (CARES Act) to states or cities unless they certify that no funds are being doled out to illegal aliens.
"Congress passed the CARES Act to help workers impacted by the China virus pandemic, not to give a handout to those who broke our immigration laws," said Cotton on Tuesday. "The federal government shouldn't be subsidizing states' efforts to send cash to illegal aliens."
As explained on Senator Cotton's website, the No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act would do the following:
- "States and municipalities that refuse to comply with the certification requirement will not be eligible for CARES Act funds.
- "The bill will not affect any of the Paycheck Protection Program loans offered under the CARES Act to companies and nonprofit organizations.
- "The bill also will not affect the unemployment provisions or the relief checks offered to Americans under the CARES Act.
- "Yesterday [May 18], undocumented immigrants in California were able to begin filing for financial assistance in the wake for the China Virus pandemic."
Speaking with Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Cotton said, "We shouldn’t be spending hard-earned taxpayer dollars on illegal immigrants at a time when 35 million Americans are out of work. 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."