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S. 3796 (116th): No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act

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About the bill

Should California’s new $75 million experiment be allowed by the federal government?


March’s $2 trillion CARES Act gave money to people and businesses affected by the covid-19 pandemic, with much of the money going to states and localities to distribute. However, most forms of federal assistance do not apply to undocumented immigrants, of whom there were about 10.5 million total in the United States in 2017.

So, in mid-May, California implemented a $75 million taxpayer fund for undocumented immigrants during the pandemic, which comes out to be about $500 per person. The taxpayer funds are complemented by $50 million from private philanthropic organizations.

What the legislation does

The No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act would explicitly clarify that CARES Act funds will be ineligible for any state or municipality …

Sponsor and status

Tom Cotton

Sponsor. Senator for Arkansas. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 21, 2020
Length: 2 pages
May 21, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 21, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



May 21, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 3796 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3796. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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