U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) has high hopes for the bill he introduced last month to prevent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from using government resources to care for illegal immigrants.
Tuberville introduced the No VA Resources for Illegal Aliens Act in December. The bill is also sponsored by Veterans Affairs Committee chairman U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.).
"I've even got Democrats on my side," the senator said Thursday about this bill on "Alabama's Morning News" with J.T. on NewsRadio 105.5 WERC. "I might be able to get this passed."
Last month, Tubervile accused the VA of using taxpayer dollars to provide health care to illegal immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Last year, an agreement between the VA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drew the ire of veteran advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America.
The agreement permits ICE to use the VA's Financial Service Center to process reimbursements to private emergency care providers when immigrants under ice detention require such treatment.
The VA told the press that it has had an agreement with ICE since 2002 to provide processing and does not pay for or provide healthcare to those detained at the border.
"Our veterans need healthcare because they're the ones who stood up for us. Joe Biden, in his infinite wisdom - after letting over a million people in a couple of months come across the border - has decided now that these illegal immigrants get to use our community care for our veterans and get to stand in line with our veterans," Tuberville said on Thursday. "You can't make this up."
"This is the Biden-Obama game plan of ruining the United States of America through illegal immigration," he continued. "They've already done it in Europe. Germany, France, Italy - it's all gone ... That's their plan."
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