Last Updated on October 1, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), crowed Tuesday about being close to a compromise on the crafting of legislation that would provide further aid to Americans during the imposed COVID economic shutdown. What she failed to mention was that it was loaded with taxpayer dollars and protections for those who are illegally in the country.
The $2.2 trillion package, originally referred to as the HEROES Act, includes language that not only makes some illegal immigrants eligible for stimulus checks but provides those deemed “engaged in essential critical infrastructure labor or services in the United States” to be classified as in “a period of deferred action.” They would be authorized to work and would be protected from deportation for 90 days after the crisis is declared over.
Pelosi recently missed a deadline that resulted in the airline industry having to furlough, layoff, and fire over 50,000 workers because of government interference in the private sector during the COVID event.
Some things never change.
Pelosi's "new" COVID bill isn't new.
It's her same old wish list.
– Stimulus checks to illegal immigrants
– Release prisoners
– No-ID voting
But this time she strips out $600 MILLION of police funding from the previous version.
Americans are fed up. pic.twitter.com/UVQw5M5OOj
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 30, 2020
In addition to providing protections for these “critical laborers,” Democrats have included language that also protects the employers who hire them. That part of the proposed legislation reads, “such workers are deemed to be in a period of deferred action and to be authorized for employment, and employers are shielded from certain immigration-related violations for employing such workers.”
This provision was included in the original HEROES Act and was roundly rejected by the Republican-controlled Senate.
RJ Hauman, the government relations director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, cut to the chase.
“Once again House Democrats are trying to bailout millions of illegal aliens – and not just financially, but give them de facto amnesty as well,” Hauman told reporters.
“This would be an unprecedented move and take desperately needed money and jobs away from Americans in the middle of a pandemic. Even though it has absolutely zero chance of becoming law, I hope voters are paying close attention.”