A new report says that Washington state gave away hundreds of millions of dollars in federal COVID relief funds to help the state’s illegal immigrant community.
The state legislature approved $340 million in April 2021 for the Immigrant Relief Fund. The fund’s annual report says that its purpose is to provide “targeted community engagement, communications development efforts, and trusted messengers to encourage eligible community members to apply.”
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was passed by the federal government, gave $350 billion to local governments “to support their reply to and recovery from the COVID emergency.” This is something that was just recently made public.
In its most recent study, the Economic Policy Innovation Center said:
“Now, EPIC has learned that the Biden Administration gave $340 million in SLFRF funds to Washington State “undocumented” immigrants to be paid in cash.”
“American COVID aid money was used to award $1,000 checks to immigrants living in Washington state illegally.”
“Treasury says that the Washington COVID Immigrant Relief Fund “gives a one-time cash grant of $1,000 to each resident of the state of Washington who is at least 18 years old and cannot receive federal economic payments or unemployment benefits because of their immigration status.”
The report found that government funds were used to give $1,000 cash to illegal immigrants who had crossed the southern border and set up shop in Washington state:
“The $340 million project is a “cash transfer” expense under the SLFRF, which the State of Washington has been given permission to use. In other words, the Biden White House directly paid for “undocumented” immigration while saying it was helping with the COVID-19 outbreak.”
“There are no more applications being accepted by the Washington COVID Immigrant Relief Fund. This means that the project fund is completely spent.”
So, the Biden Administration is directly funding illegal immigration while also saying that the checks don’t count when figuring out if the recipient is dependent on the government, a public charge, and therefore not suitable for permanent residence.
EPIC also found that Washington wasn’t the only state that was taking large amounts of money for illegal activities. Local governments in Texas, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, and the District of Columbia also wasted millions of dollars on people who were there illegally.
“While the Biden continues to hit a record number of illegal encounters at our southern border, EPIC has uncovered SLFRF projects approved by the Treasury connected to asylum seekers,” the report says.
Things like applying for citizenship and getting around were paid for with these funds. Art, music, and dance classes were also paid for.
Only one piece of good news in the report is that EPIC says they have found $102 billion that Congress might be able to take back. However, it is still unclear whether they will actually do this.
The shocking amounts of money being spent across the U.S. to support the seemingly endless flow of illegal immigrants coming into the country every day are made public.
Some figures say that at least 10 million people have come into the U.S. illegally since Joe Biden took office in 2021. Almost all of these people will cost the average American a lot of money in taxes.
Author: Blake Ambrose