Washington state redirects $340M in federal COVID funds, hand out $1,000 checks to illegal immigrants

Borders weren’t all that remained open under Biden as a new report detailed just how much illegal aliens in one state cashed out from COVID coffers.

As Congress considers sending billions of taxpayers abroad to fund conflicts in foreign nations, a new report from the Economic Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) drew attention to how funds under the so-called American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) had been allocated. In particular, they showed how tens of millions were handed out in Washington state to aliens in the form of $1000 checks.

Under ARPA, $350 billion fell within the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recover Fund (SLFRF) of which the Evergreen State garnered $4.4 billion. According to EPIC’s report, $340 million from that program was used to hand out checks that, after April 2021 approval from the state legislature, provided “another round of funding for undocumented Washingtonians.”

Washington had already established their COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund in 2020 and the report further detailed, “The $340 million project is categorized as a ‘cash transfer’ expenditure under the SLFRF, approved for the State of Washington. This means the Biden Administration directly subsidized ‘undocumented’ immigration under the guise of COVID-19 pandemic relief.”

The state had already spent $128 million from 2020 CARES Act on 120,000 aliens that were ineligible for economic relief, but that amount was not sufficient to cover all who had applied to receive the handout.

Meanwhile, the checks weren’t the only use of American taxpayer dollars to benefit foreign nationals as EPIC provided examples that amounted to tens of millions more in waste that included “$3.5 M to Pima County, AZ, for asylum seeker respite space before transport to the interior…$3.6 M to IL for legal services for asylum seekers and humanitarian parolees, including citizenship application help…$2.5 M to San Antonio, TX, to address ‘decreased pathways to citizenship,'” and, “$18.7 M to MA for emergency shelters, intake processing, and illegal immigration case management.”

EPIC CEO Paul Winfree spoke to Congress’ current proposal to allocate funds for the border after President Joe Biden had already signed off on their bill that undermined American national sovereignty as he told Fox News Digital, “The Senate is releasing a budget supplemental that includes a bipartisan deal on the border. However, the administration has been actively encouraging illegal immigration by using COVID money from the SLFRF to provide cash assistance, housing, legal aid, and other benefits to undocumented immigrants.”

“Until Congress claws back this money, it will continue to serve as a magnet for illegal immigration,” added Winfree of as much as $120 billion that remained unspent from SLFRF. Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt (R) and Ohio Rep. Troy Balderson (R) introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution in both chambers toward that end.

“The Biden Administration has become synonymous with wasteful spending, inflationary policies, and economic negligence,” said Schmitt. “Americans are tired of watching hard earned tax dollars be thrown away, and the recent move by bureaucrats in Biden’s Treasury Department to redefine a critical definition of how money is allocated from SLFRF underscores this administration’s disregard for any sort of fiscal responsibility. Standing against business-as-usual out of control spending shouldn’t be a partisan issue — I will continue to act as a voice of reason and advocate for spending within our means here in Washington.”

Kevin Haggerty

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