The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill that passed the U.S. House on Friday survived with a number of controversial provisions, including funds for the State Dept. to help migrants and refugees during the coronavirus.
A request for $300 million for “migrants and refugee relief” originated from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi but an additional $50 million was added in the Republican-led Senate, Fox News and The Washington Times reported in past days.
"If ever there was a bad time for this, this would be it,” says Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR.
Mehlhan, who spoke to OneNewsNow before the House vote, says the federal government has taken action by cutting off entry from numerous countries at the same time it is resettling people here from some of those same countries.
“In many cases we're limiting flights into the United States,” he says, “because we simply do not have the capacity to screen people adequately to find out whether they have the virus or not."
The aid package climbed to $2 trillion – which is one thousand times a billion, or twelve zeroes – before passage, and the price tag gained more scrutiny after watchdog groups and political observers combed through the measure to uncover what Pelosi had inserted.