GOP’s Boebert Wants to Ban Federal Funding for Legal Aid to Illegal Immigrants

Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert believes there should be a ban on using federal taxpayer dollars to fund legal assistance for people who cross illegally into the United States.

Fox News reported Monday that Boebert will seek legislation to ban the practice: “The Colorado Republican-authored the “No Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers for Illegal Aliens Act” with support from other House conservatives and immigration reduction organizations. Boebert said no organization or city that receives federal funds should be spending it on legal aid for people who cross the southern border illegally.”

“The principle is really simple: No more American tax dollars to help illegal aliens cut the line and skirt our laws,” Boebert, a freshman lawmaker, told Fox News Digital in an interview.

Her legislation seeks to block a new effort launched by the Biden administration to provide more taxpayer-funded legal assistance to illegal aliens who entered the country and the immigration system in seven border communities, Fox News added.

“The new Legal Access at the Border (LAB) program will not directly provide attorneys but help prepare migrants for the immigration legal process in California, Arizona, and Texas, Axios reported in January. The services will help migrants who are attempting to cross the Southern border, those already in Border Patrol custody or enrolled in the newly reinstated Remain in Mexico program, Axios reported,” according to Fox News.

Boebert told the network, “Democrats want to treat border detention facilities like an Oprah Winfrey show. You get free education, you get a free plane ticket. You get free medical care. You get free, free, free. It really has to stop and my bill is the first step in this process.”

Beyond President Biden’s new legal aid program, Boebert’s legislation would take aim at private organizations that get federal taxpayer dollars and fund immigrant defense programs, especially the Vera Institute of Justice that secured a $158 million taxpayer-funded contract to help unaccompanied minors avoid deportation, records show.

Her bill would also prevent cities from channeling federal dollars into creating legal aid help for undocumented immigrants. The Vera Institute has already built partnerships with various cities across the country to create a public defender system for immigrants facing deportation. One study found that cities have provided an estimated $5.6 million in taxpayer money for illegal immigrants’ legal defense.

The Vera Institute of Justice said in a statement to Fox News last month that providing legal representation to immigrants is “widely supported and in line with our most fundamental shared American values.”

“No one should appear in immigration court without a lawyer, especially when the consequences include possible deportation and separation from one’s family and community. It’s the government’s responsibility to protect the fundamental rights, health, and security of everyone in our communities, including immigrants who are targeted by our expanding federal enforcement system,” the legal aid organization added.

The Biden administration has been widely criticized over its border policies, which have been widely criticized by Republicans as having created a new migrant crisis practically since Joe Biden was inaugurated and, on his first day in office, reversed nearly all of former President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies.

Boebert told Fox News that it’s past time to return to “America first,” in a nod to Trump’s immigration policy regime.

“Gone are the days where we allow foreign nationals to break our laws illegally, cross the southern border, and then we the people provide a legal defense at American taxpayers’ expense so they can remain here illegally,” she said.

Supporters of her bill include GOP Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Lance Gooden of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Tom McClintock of California, Bill Posey of Florida, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, and Mary Miller of Illinois.

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