AOC is Upset Illegals Won’t Get Stimulus Checks
As you well know, the US Senate finally came to a bipartisan agreement to pass the new $2 trillion emergency relief bill on Wednesday night. Included in its pages are efforts to provide relief for small businesses, corporations, and individual Americans. But as usual, not every member of Congress is pleased with the bill.
Take New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance. As is typical for her, anything that is bipartisan and not wholly compliant to the liberal narrative is frowned upon and reason for an extreme complaint. So it was no surprise that by Thursday afternoon, the progressive squad member had made known her disapproval on social media.
So just what is it that she is so upset about?
Not so shockingly, it has to do with illegal immigrants and how she feels that they are being poorly represented during this crisis. Apparently, she is pretty upset that these people will not be receiving a $1,200 check like the rest of America’s actual citizens.
“To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs). Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon. Wall St gets $4T.”
However, there are just a few problems with her statement, namely that she has no idea what she is talking about.
It’s crucial to point out is that non-citizens must apply for a social security number to be allowed to work legally in the US. This doesn’t make them a citizen but an authorized worker. Without a social security number, they are illegally working and living here.
However, a good number of these “illegals” have learned to benefit without one. How? For many, they simply steal someone else’s.
The Internal Revenue System or IRS has reported that approximately 1.4 million illegal immigrants use stolen social security numbers every year so that they can claim credits such as the Child Tax Credit, Dependent Care Credit, American Opportunity Credit, and several others. And unfortunately, most of these are never caught, making it difficult for hard-working Americans and legal foreign workers to actually get the money their tax forms say they did.
The Individual Tax Identification Number or ITIN that AOC refers to was created in 1996 as part of an effort to tax those who were illegally working here. The IRS, due to reports like the one mentioned above, learned that many illegals were working, living, and claiming taxes here regardless of their citizenship status. So they created a way for non-citizens to file taxes without having a social security number.
I know it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. We say they can’t work here without a social security number and then turn around and allow them to file taxes anyway, which is supposed to be something working citizens do. But, as the IRS and government see it, if they are going to work regardless of having legal authorization to do so, then we are going to tax them regardless of that legal authorization.
Therefore, every non-authorized worker is given an ITIN, which they are required by law to use when they file taxes. And many do. However, the IRS indicates that many, some 87 percent of online filers and over half of paper filers, while using their ITIN to file their tax forms, have an actual stolen social security number on their W-2 forms.
And these people claim credits for all kinds of things, getting thousands upon thousands back every year on money they made from jobs they aren’t even supposed to have. Both state and local governments spend billions each year giving to illegal immigrants, whether it’s via tax benefits or providing legal services.
Yet AOC claims that they are getting nothing. In actuality, they are getting a lot more than they deserve. Hard-working Americans with legal and authorized social security numbers work for years and never get the same kind of cash that these people do.
So for her to claim that there is some sort of injustice going on here towards non-citizens who aren’t authorized to work here is just ludicrous. If they aren’t permitted to work here, why on earth would the government spend billions to give them an extra check? They aren’t even supposed to be here, period.
If they are hurting that bad, why don’t they ask their own county for aid?