Report: Senate immigration bill includes nearly $300 million in slush funds for immigrants’ rights groups, in language drafted by the former policy chief for one such organization | Mail Online

Those include a $50 million set-aside for grants to organizations that will advertise benefits available to illegal immigrants, and to help them fill out paperwork.

Another $100 million, over the first five years, would be distributed to groups that can set up ‘New Immigrant Councils’ to help formerly illegal immigrants ‘integrate’ into communities in which they may already have lived for years. After five years, that amount is at the discretion of the Office of Citizenship and New Americans, a division of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

$120 million more would be spent over three years to mount a campaign educating newly legalized immigrants about ’employer and employee rights, responsibilities and [legal] remedies’ available under the new law. Again, the federal government would ‘contract with public and private organizations’ to execute the campaign.

Those groups likely will include La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), says AMI.

La Raza will be ‘arguably be at the head of the line to receive new funding,’ it says. MALDEF told the organization that it would likely qualify for subsidies if the immigration bill becomes law.

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