Every year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) steals a page from the legendary “Seinfeld” sitcom and celebrates the fictitious holiday of Festivus with his “airing of grievances” that highlight a “collection of government waste worth shouting about.”
A big grievance on the Republican from Kentucky’s 2016 list is the revelation that President Obama is providing business support to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador that were deported from the U.S. by using a taxpayer-funded program.
Paul, who also chairs a Senate subcommittee on federal spending oversight, cites a report that found the Obama administration has given $50,000 in taxpayer money to illegal immigrants who were deported from the U.S. back to El Salvador.
“To be clear, the program isn’t incidentally helping deportees — it is directly intended to assist them,” Paul wrote in his report. “So, if you break the rules and get deported, we’ll help you start a business back in your home country. How absurd.”
However, not everyone thinks it is so absurd. Jessica Vaughn, a policy analyst at the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies, said the expense is worth it in an interview with the conservative nonprofit news website Watchdog.org. Vaughn said the program works to America’s advantage to give money to those who break the law, as long as it stops them from breaking it again.
The program is designed to incentivize people to remain in their home country.
“It’s in our interest to ensure that people who are deported don’t turn around and come back again,” Vaughn said in the interview. “People have to have a reason to stay in their country.”