Hagerty, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Prevent Settlement Payments for Illegal Immigrants

December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 27 other GOP colleagues in introducing legislation to prevent payments for legal settlements for illegal immigration. Under the Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act, no federal funds, including money from the Judgment Fund, could be spent to enrich illegal immigrants at the expense of hardworking American taxpayers. 

Despite the crisis consuming our southern border, President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to give out payments of $450,000 per person to illegal immigrants who broke our laws, came here illegally, and put their children’s lives at risk. If successful, President Biden’s DOJ could pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to illegal immigrants at the same time that hardworking American taxpayers are struggling under Democrats’ reckless tax and spend policies. 

“President Biden’s immigration policies have created a national security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border. Yet, rather than solve the crisis, his administration wants to make it worse by paying illegal aliens $450,000 each, which will encourage more illegal immigration. Using hardworking Americans’ tax dollars to make illegal aliens wealthy is ludicrous and insulting,” said Senator Hagerty.

“Our southern border is a disaster, and President Biden’s failed policies have continued to fuel this ongoing crisis,” said Senator Tillis. “We are seeing the most illegal immigration this year alone than ever recorded, and now President Biden wants to give illegal immigrants a payout, further rewarding lawlessness and chaos. These $450,000 settlements are an insult to all hardworking Americans who will subsequently be funding these large settlements with their hard-earned tax dollars. I am proud to work with my colleagues to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

Read the full text of the bill here.