Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill for Non-Citizens to Receive Cash Benefits
Controversial lawmaker, Rep. Ilhan Omar, claimed that non-US residents should be eligible to receive federal support in the next stimulus bill.
On Tuesday, the lawmaker introduced legislation that would allow people in the “mixed-status” to receive cash benefits, stating that economic relief must also extend to non-citizens.
According to the current CARES Act, only individuals with a Social Security number are eligible to receive cash benefits. Another far-left lawmaker, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, claimed that the current CARES Act “leaves out many non-citizens and mixed-status families—even if members of the family are citizens.”
To resolve this, Omar introduces a Recovery Rebates Improvement Act. The lawmaker believed that her bill would be able to “fix the major error by expanding the special rule for the military in the CARES Act.” She also indicated that the legislation must “ensure that all non-citizens, whether holding an SSN or not, can access these relief payments.”
In her statement, Omar described the situation as “absurd” and “cruel,” lamenting that people who were classified under the said status were excluded from receiving federal support, despite fulfilling their obligations to pay their taxes.
She added that over 140,000 people in Minnesota would not receive any cash benefits due to their “mixed-status.” According to Omar’s new legislation, The Recovery Rebates Improvement Act will allow joint tax filler, with one SSN to receive economic support from the government. With this, Omar hoped that more people would be able to benefit from the relief package.
Other Democrats, including Reps. Lou Correa, Raúl Grijalva, and Judy Chu also tried to amend the CARES Act to include those with ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers), which might possibly extend the cash benefits to illegal aliens.
As the country struggled to overcome the pandemic, migration had become a huge issue. In fact, pro-migration groups warned that if the administration does not reverse its decision on the 2012 Deferred Amnesty for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the country might possibly lose 200,000 workers.
However, experts believe that implementing such a policy will only put American workers and health professionals on the sidelines, specifically for the 6.6 million Americans who have been unemployed as a result of the health crisis. The Center for Immigration Studies, slammed such notions, stating that DACA recipients do not make up most of America’s workforce, especially in the healthcare sector.
Currently, the Supreme Court is yet to issue a decision regarding the legality of the 2012 DACA amnesty. President Donald Trump has also offered some amnesty in exchange for concessions, which includes putting a stop at illegal immigration in the blue-collar sector.