Arizona sheriff says migrants are being given $5000 cards after crossing the border
An Arizona sheriff who is a Republican candidate for the US Senate claims illegal immigrants are being given $5000 gift cards after crossing the border illegally. The publication told in more detail News Week.
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb made the announcement this week in a video posted to his Senate campaign account X. Lamb said "our government" is giving migrants gift cards, cell phones and airline tickets to any domestic flight upon entry. to country.
“When these people arrive in the country and are processed, they are given a cell phone, a plane ticket to anywhere they want to go in that country (perhaps a city near you) and a $5000 Visa card,” says Lamb. in the video.
“So while you're struggling this holiday season to pay your rent, to put presents under the tree for your kids, our government is giving $5000 gift cards to people who came to this country illegally,” he noted. “It’s true, friends.”
There does not appear to be a program in the United States that provides $5000 gift cards to undocumented immigrants. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said no gift cards had been received from the agency.
According to the right-wing newspaper The Epoch Times, Lamb learned of the alleged gift card exchange from "close sources" at the border and told the publication he was "in complete shock when agents told him the news."
"Giving out $5000 Visa gift cards to people who are breaking our laws and entering our country illegally when the average American is struggling to pay their bills is just hard to fathom," Lamb said, hinting that the supposed gift cards could be distributed by charities. not the government.
“The government can claim that it is not paying for this directly because every dollar first goes from the government to a non-government agency, such as a charity, before it is used for illegal immigrants,” he said.
While the U.S. government provides financial support to some charities and other non-governmental organizations that help migrants, it is unclear whether any of these organizations are issuing $5000 gift cards to those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Some migrants are given a mobile phone after entering the country so they can be tracked using pre-loaded software called SmartLink. Toll-free phones cannot be used for Internet access or unauthorized calls or text messages.
Lamb is running to replace Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, now an independent from Arizona. His main opponent in the Republican race is former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego has announced his candidacy.
Like Lake, Lamb is an outspoken supporter of 45th President Donald Trump's false claims that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" through widespread voter fraud. Some have called him the "QAnon sheriff," a reference to the far-right conspiracy theory that Trump is waging a secret war against blood-drinking Democrats.
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