Some people living in America won’t be getting a stimulus relief check, illegal aliens. The Senate didn’t budget a single dime for anyone without a valid Social Security number. Sanctuary liberals are livid.
No relief for illegal aliens
The sweeping $2 trillion deal reached Wednesday evening will put $1,200 checks in the hands of most Americans, to ease the shock of forced quarantine measures. Sanctuary liberals are furious that illegal aliens hiding in the shadows won’t be getting their cut of the goods.
Church sanctuary activist Tim Breene, the CEO of World Relief, is outraged about the Senate’s insistence on a Social Security number instead of an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
That “will exclude many of the American taxpayers who are most vulnerable in the current crisis, undocumented immigrants,” he fumes. Migrants may have broken the law by sneaking into the country, but they are out of work too. “I’m not dismissing the reality that these immigrants have violated U.S. immigration law, either by entering the country unlawfully or overstaying a temporary visa.”
This isn’t the first time
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy isn’t surprised one bit. Illegal aliens were also iced out of the 2008 stimulus. The way liberals remember it, George W. Bush was brutal when his administration passed out similar checks. Not only were ITIN taxpayers excluded, “so were those with a valid Social Security Number who jointly filed a return with a spouse with an ITIN.”
Since 1996, ITINs have been a back door smugglers route to pseudo-citizenship, but it’s entirely a one-way street. The IRS issues them to those who don’t qualify for a Social Security number. Not all, but most, are illegal aliens. The IRS has no scruples about explaining exactly why they do it.
“We want your money whether you are here legally or not and whether you earned it legally or not,” IRS Commissioner Mark Everson proclaimed in 2007. They don’t go out of their way to enforce immigration, that’s not their job. “The IRS has long highlighted that it maintains a wall of separation from the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for immigration enforcement.”
A progressive relief effort
Since socially conscious progressives have been so vocal about allowing people who they admit have no documentation to live and work behind the scenes, often for low wages in difficult conditions, they should be the ones to step up and help. Concerned liberals should immediately donate their relief checks to a needy alien.
If American citizens have been aiding and abetting illegal immigration by paying their maids, gardeners, and dishwashers under the table, they have a moral and ethical duty to continue paying their staff through the emergency. As Breene points out, “These unauthorized immigrants are concentrated in the industries likely to be most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Though only about 5% of the U.S. labor force overall is undocumented, they make up 10% or more of those working in the accommodation and food preparation and service sectors.”
“The women and men who clean hotel rooms are either being laid off or are having their hours dramatically reduced. In addition, servers, cooks and dishwashers are all among those likely to be let go due to this crisis. They need economic relief urgently.” Every American who illegally employs these workers needs to dig deep into their pockets and do their share.