Activists at DC think tanks and organizations that represent illegal aliens are lobbying for them to receive the same benefits as American citizens in the coronavirus relief package.
The government is currently working on a plan to send money directly to Americans who are impacted by shutdowns over coronavirus, and these think tanks believe that 12 million illegal aliens are also entitled to that money — and free healthcare.
Among the think tank’s lobbying for this economic nightmare are Immigration Hub, whose website says they are “a team of former congressional staff, executive branch officials and immigration policy advocates with deep roots in advocacy and communications and decades of collective experience” and the Bipartisan Policy Center, which frequently works to promote leftist ideals and causes.
“Barring [immigrants] from access to testing, medical services, and economic stimulus benefits would have devastating consequences to the public and financial health of our country,” Kerri Talbot, the director of federal advocacy at Immigration Hub, told The Hill.
Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told the outlet that “immigrants, especially undocumented ones, are likely to be most impacted economically.”
“Certainly, immigrants are going to bear the brunt of this,” said Brown. “They’re working disproportionately in a lot of the hourly wage jobs that are going to be most impacted by the economic downturn. We’re taking a lot of them are undocumented, and have never been eligible for most of the benefits that we’re talking about.”
The groups are also advocating for testing and medical care for these foreign nationals who are in the country illegally.
President Donald Trump has said that the US will be providing testing for illegal aliens, because it is in the best interest of the nation.
“The answer is yes, we will do those tests because I think in that case it’s important,” Trump said when asked during a briefing over the weekend. “I think you could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you could say whatever you want, use your definition of what you’re talking about — we’re all talking about the same thing.”
It isn’t just think tanks and activists that are trying to push this expensive charity down the throats of American taxpayers.
The Hill reports that seven members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday asking her to include permanent immigration protections for DACA recipients.
A debate about DACA would obviously slow the approval of any relief package for Americans — not to mention it has nothing to do with the pandemic.