Democrats in the House have set out their priorities in the latest $3 trillion coronavirus relief package. Hard-working Americans may not like what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has in store.
Having lost her political clout to extremists in the party, Speaker Pelosi now expects taxpayers to foot the bill for convicted felons and illegal immigrants. She wants to put them back on the streets to commit crimes and have taxpayers pay for their work-free lifestyles.
The liberal-minded package, “Provides $600 million in funding to address the COVID-19 crisis in state and local prisons and jails, including $500 million to states and local governments that operate correctional facilities to provide testing and treatment of COVID-19 for incarcerated individuals by creating two grant programs — one focused on the release of low-risk individuals who are currently incarcerated.”
Democrats fail to mention that the U.S. Sentencing Commission published findings that upwards of 97 percent of incarcerated felons pled guilty to lesser or non-violent offenses rather than face trial. The conventional wisdom is that state prosecutors save taxpayers’ money for expensive trials and still get dangerous criminals off the street. But the severity of their bad acts is lost to prison officials instructed to release them.
Pelosi and the progressives pulling her strings have avoided transparency on this issue. Adding insult to injury, taxpayers will be paying for released criminals living expenses, healthcare, and retirement benefits. House Democrats also include a section that requires illegal immigrants — many of whom also perpetrated violence on U.S. citizens — also to be put back on the streets with benefits.
“This section requires DHS to review the immigration files of all individuals in the custody of ICE to assess the need for continued detention. Individuals who are not subject to mandatory detention shall be prioritized for release,” the package states.
Pelosi and her conspirators have the audacity to call the criminal release mandate the “HEROS Act.” Although the acronym stands for Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Solutions Act, there’s nothing heroic or patriotic about it. It’s a doubling-down of left-wing policies on a national level.
Since the pandemic began, thousands of criminals have had sentences cut short. Of the released offenders, 200 violent illegal immigrants were put back in public circulation to perpetrate more horrors on community members. Many were sex offenders and suspected murderers. New York City jails reportedly released upwards of 1,700 inmates. Democrat strongholds such as Massachusetts freed 830 convicts, while Illinois and California led the nation with 4,500 and 5,500, respectively.
“Clearly, this is an agenda that is out there purely for messaging and isn’t a serious attempt at dealing with what we’re going through as a country,” Michigan Rep. Bill Huizenga reportedly said. “This is kind of the mother of all Christmas trees of pet policies and pet projects as far as I’m concerned.”
Republicans have vowed to block the bill that forces working families to pay back $3 trillion plus interest to free criminals and fund the lifestyles of illegals.
“We’ve got to get this one right. And if, before we spend another trillion dollars, we’ve got to make sure we’re doing what will get people back to work and get this economy working again,” Ohio Republican Rep. Steve Stivers reportedly said. “Money would help anybody out, but the best thing we can do is get people back to work.”