By Jenny Goldsberry
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss how Vice President Harris is handling the border crisis. According to Pompeo, “the conditions down there are no different today than they were in January of this year.”
“And we’ve had multiples and multiples of people come across the border,” Pompeo told Wallace. “So it’s not the conditions down there that caused the current crisis at the border, it’s the policies of the Biden administration.”
Meanwhile, the former secretary of state was able to negotiate with Central American countries regarding their emigration. “The first responsibility is to keep our southern borders secure,” Pompeo said. We had it done. We got there.” During his term, there were 600 to 900 percent fewer encounters at the border.
“Don’t take my word for it,” he went on. “This week the Mexican leadership and Guatemalan leadership says this is a direct result of the Biden policies.” Guatemalan President Giammattei reiterated this sentiment in an interview with Sara Carter that same week.
“It’s simple math,” Pompeo said. “180,000 in May is the highest in 20 years. This is a result of a bad border policy. It’s created a crisis . . . It’s not only bad for [the trafficked migrants], it’s really bad for the United States and it’s not a result of what’s happening in Central America.”
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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants
New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.
The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.
Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.
In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.
The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.
The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.
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