By JAVIER MANJARRES
It appears that if the immigration reform bill proposed by the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan ‘Gang of Eight’ passes, those illegal immigrants who would then be eligible to work in the United States, would also be eligible to receive the earned income tax credit (EITC).
Texas Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been the proverbial political thorn in the side of the bipartisan group of Senators, is once again pointing out another ‘flaw’ in the immigration reform bill, and questions the group’s understanding of their own immigration bill.
“Sessions introduced the amendment that “would have barred illegal immigrants from accessing tax credits like the EITC under the bill until they received green cards or citizenship years from now.”
Session’s amendment failed by a vote of 8-10, but two of the immigration reform bill’s ‘gangsters’, Senators Graham (R-SC) and Flake (R-AZ) sided with fellow Republicans, and voted in favor of the amendment.
“One of the things we identified a year or two ago was that large numbers of [illegal immigrants] have become eligible immediately for the earned income tax credit. The average person who qualifies for earned income tax credits gets about $2,000 a year… It’s actually a direct check from the United States government…
EITC is generally available to anyone that has a Social Security number… As these [registered provisional immigrants] are all established and get a Social Security number, they will qualify, it appears under the law, for earned income tax credit. I’m not sure the sponsors understood that, because they’ve insisted that RPI aliens will not receive any federal benefits under the bill. But [their legislation] would grant such benefits to millions and be a substantial burden on our country’s finances…”-Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Senator Marco Rubio has insisted that those illegal immigrants granted a work visa, and who eventually be allowed to stay in the country legally, will not be eligible for any federal benefits until their legal resident status is established.
Rubio reinforces the accepted fact that the new bill, no matter how imperfect it is, is by far the toughest border enforcement pieces of legislation in the history of immigration reform. Rubio added that his bill will not grant social service benefits to illegal immigrants that receive a work visa.
“Our current immigration system is a disaster. What we have now is defacto amnesty…No food stamps, no welfare, no Obamacare.” Rubio adds,” they’re gonna have to wait 13 years, they’re gonna have to pay fines, they’re gonna to have to learn English. they’re gonna to have to work, their gonna have to wait in the back of the line.”-Senator Marco Rubio (Shark Tank)
But while Rubio and others appear be looking for an eventual way out of supporting this bill, could this move by Flake and Graham be just the beginning of a consorted Republican effort to back away from the bill?
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