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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement in response to press reports indicating President Biden plans to initiate a cash transfer program to encourage migrants not to travel to the United States:

“The crisis at the border began on January 20th, the moment President Biden took office and promised a pathway to citizenship for more than 11 million illegal immigrants. Since then it has spiraled out of control as the Biden administration halted construction of the border wall and rescinded critical safeguards like the ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ policy. 

“Now hundreds of thousands of migrants are pouring across our southern border, including suspected terrorists. Some of these migrants are being released into our country and others are being crammed into unsanitary and inhumane facilities, which includes 20,000 unaccompanied minors, many who have been trafficked in by smugglers.

“We know the solutions needed to secure our border because the border was secure last year, and security was increasing with every mile of border wall. After reversing policies that worked, President Biden wants to try and buy our way out of this crisis with taxpayer money. The Administration is already spending $60 million a week dealing with the crisis they created at the border, but now it is reported they want to dole out even more taxpayer funds to launch a cash transfer program in Central America. It’s insulting to the millions of Americans who are out of work or facing despair in our country.

“The United States is on track to encounter more than two million illegal immigrants by the end of September, an all-time record. Last month alone there were 172,000 migrants who attempted to enter our country, a two-decade high. We are only three months into this new Administration, and they are failing to stop one of the most consequential crises in a decade. The solution is at the ready, and it absolutely does not include more U.S. taxpayer-funded payments to Central America.”