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Washington State Diverted $340M In Federal COVID Funds To Immigrants, Including $1,000 Checks

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A report by the Economic Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) revealed that $340 million in federal COVID funds in Washington state was used to provide $1,000 checks to illegal immigrants, facilitated through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF).

The report criticized the Biden Administration for subsidizing undocumented immigration under the guise of pandemic relief.

The report highlighted other projects across different states where federal funds were used for programs related to illegal immigration.

“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 report stated.

The EPIC president called for lawmakers to stop the funds, citing concerns that the unspent money could continue to attract illegal immigration.

“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,” EPIC president and CEO Paul Winfree said.

“Until Congress claws back this money, it will continue to serve as a magnet for illegal immigration,” he said.

This comes amidst ongoing negotiations in Congress over a supplemental funding bill, with Republicans seeking to impose restrictions on asylum and the administration’s parole use.

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