Blackburn cosponsors Republican-led Heroes Over Aliens Act

Until it was determined that sufficient federal resources existed to provide housing assistance to all homeless U.S. military veterans, a bill offered by U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) would prohibit the use of any federal funds to provide or subsidize housing for illegal aliens in America.

“In Joe Biden’s America, illegal immigrants are prioritized over our veterans,” Sen. Blackburn said. “As homelessness increases across the nation, it is unthinkable that taxpayer funds are used to house those who break the law instead of American heroes.”

Sen. Blackburn on May 1 cosponsored the GOP-led Heroes Over Aliens Act, S. 4233, which is sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) to require that the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs determine — based on the most recent point-in-time count data available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — that sufficient federal resources exist to provide housing assistance to all veterans who are homeless or experiencing homelessness, according to the text of the bill.

Until that determination was made, the use of federal funds to provide or subsidize housing for aliens who are unlawfully present in the U.S. would be prohibited, according to S. 4233.

“It’s common sense to stop all federal funding for this offensive practice while there are still thousands of veterans living on the streets,” said Sen. Blackburn.

If enacted, the limitation under S. 4233 would not apply to any aliens who were in the custody of, or being detained by, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or incarcerated in a federal prison or in any prison, institution, or facility receiving funding from the federal government, the text says.

“The Heroes Over Aliens Act would prevent the Biden administration from prioritizing illegal immigrants over homeless heroes,” Sen. Kennedy said.