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Amendment to Ban Amnestied Illegals from Receiving EIC Tax Credits Fails

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 20, 2013 @ 7:35 pm In The Point | 360 Comments

Remember all the promises that illegal aliens wouldn’t be on the welfare teat once comprehensive immigration reform/amnesty kicks in? That and an Earned Income Tax Credit payment will buy a hardworking family of illegals a used car with your money.

The idea that illegals wouldn’t be able to milk the system for everything they can get once the amnesty gate goes up was a lie. And long before the vote, the lie is already out in the open.

Democratic and Republican members of the Gang of Eight split Monday over a proposal to block millions of immigrants from receiving earned income tax credits, a major cash assistance program.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) broke with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) over the issue of giving federal payments to illegal immigrants who would receive temporary legal status under the legislation.

Graham and Flake supported an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to deny earned income tax credits (EITC) to people with Registered Provisional Immigrant Status (RPI).

An estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would gain RPI status under the immigration reform bill pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Schumer and Durbin voted no. It failed on a party-line vote of 8 to 10.

“EITC is generally available to anyone who has a Social Security number and many are abusing that today we’ve discovered but as these RPIs are established and get a Social Security number, they will qualify it appears under the law for Earned Income Tax Credit,” Sessions said.

Sessions disputed what he called claims by the Gang of Eight that immigrants with temporary legal status would not receive federal benefits.

“This would grant such benefits to millions and be a substantial burden on our country’s finances at a time we’re desperately trying to reduce our deficits,” he said.

An aide to Sessions said “every year billions [of dollars] of tax credits go to illegal immigrants.”

Earned income tax credits comprise the nation’s largest cash assistance program for low-income families after the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, according to the Tax Policy Center.

The center estimates that about 26 million households will receive $60 billion in tax credits this year.

A low-income family with two kids can receive up to $5,372 in credit, sometimes exceeding the amount it pays in taxes.

Schumer called Sessions’s amendment fatally flawed. “What about those who have RPI status? They’re paying into the system. They’re paying taxes. They’re doing everything like another citizen, and so it’s questionable whether they should be excluded from EITC. It’s a value choice.”

And that’s going to be the reasoning for everything. Why deny the hardworking illegals every welfare subsidy the local community groups can dig up for them? They pay taxes, don’t they? Sure they get more money than they pay into the system, but, but, but…

Ann Coulter called it back in April…

By “paying taxes,” Rubio means “filing a tax return and getting a payment back from the government in the form of the earned income tax credit.” Another term for what Rubio calls “paying taxes” is “receiving welfare” — which newly legalized illegals will start receiving right away under Rubio’s plan. The only tax they’ll pay is the same tax they pay now: sales tax.

Amnesty 2.0 is even worse than Amnesty 1.0 because it’s not only four times bigger, but it’s also taking place under a lawless Democratic executive and a gutless Republican legislature desperate to commit national suicide.

Schumer is openly talking about “our Republicans.”

A hot microphone caught Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) coordinating which way members of the “Gang of Eight” who serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee would vote on immigration bill amendments, Breitbart News has learned.

“Do our Republicans have a pass on this one if they want?” the microphone caught Schumer saying.

If they’re Schumer’s Republicans, then they aren’t Republicans.

 


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