Democrats take action to give illegal immigrants money from coronavirus relief bill
Many illegal immigrants do pay taxes
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House Democrats have introduced legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to receive funds from the coronavirus relief package.
Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), alongside Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), introduced the Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act on Friday that would allow immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to apply for funds from COVID-19 economic stimulus package.
Correa’s bill would amend the stimulus package allowing all taxpayers to receive economic relief, including illegal immigrants, many of whom do pay taxes.
“I was appalled to learn hardworking, taxpaying immigrants were left out of the $2 trillion CARES Act,” Correa said.
“The coronavirus doesn’t care about a person’s wealth, job, or immigration status,” he added. “By casting out immigrants, we are placing some of our most vulnerable residents in grave danger. Every individual taxpayer, irrespective of citizenship status, needs government assistance now.”
The bill has 50 Democratic co-sponsors.
Some Democrats, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), were vocal about the relief bill not including funds for illegal immigrant taxpayers. Ocasio-Cortez, of course, blamed Republicans.
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