Senate coronavirus bill: $350 million for migrants, refugees

By WND Staff

U.S. Capitol (M.Fitzsimmons, Wikimedia Commons)

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus Senate relief package unanimously passed by Republicans and Democrats includes $350 million in funding to assist migrants and refugees.

Passed Wednesday night, it calls for “an additional amount for ‘Migration and Refugee Assistance,’ $350,000,000, to remain available until expended, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus,” the Washington Examiner reported.

That’s $300 million more than Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought on the House side, the paper pointed out.

The $2.2 trillion package is expected to be passed Friday by the House and then be signed by President Trump.

Republicans have chastised House Democrats for including a host of agenda items unrelated to the coronavirus crisis, including $25 million in funding for the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington.

The Examiner noted Democratic lawmakers such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have sought help for migrants and illegal immigrants during the coronavirus outbreak, urging the Trump administration to halt deportations to stop the spread of the virus.

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