With the recent passing and signing of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act on Friday, many Americans are about to get such much-needed help during this chaotic pandemic.
The new law provides that American households will receive a check for $1,200 for most adults and $500 for children. This means that your typical family of two adults and two children will receive a check from our generous government of $3,400.
But if many on the fringes of the progressive left are to be believed, this is not nearly generous enough. According to them, everyone should receive this money, including illegal immigrants and non-citizens.
Among the loudest of these is none other than the very outspoken squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representing New York. She, like her friend Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, has recently taken to social media to voice their protest, claiming that the government is being unfair and “inhumane.”
AOC wrote last week, “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.”
Boy, she sure has a way with words, doesn’t she? It’s just too bad that everyone has to be taken with a pound of salt.
She makes it seem as though millions upon millions of immigrants are being denied aid. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
You see, most immigrants, if arriving through legal means, are given a green card or authorization to work here in the US upon arrival. This allows them to work, live, and pay taxes here, as well as benefit from a myriad of other things such as healthcare and law services.
These people, as well as the thousands under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, have legal status and, therefore, will receive a check, even though they are not technically citizens.
Those who arrived here illegally and are not authorized to work or live here will not get that privilege.
Individual Tax Identification Numbers or ITINs were created in 1996 by the IRS as a way to tax “undocumented immigrants” who were working here illegally. If they were going to sneak in and work here regardless of getting authorization, the government is going to tax them irrespective of that same authorization.
But just because they can file taxes, which they are required to do, doesn’t mean that they should get all the benefits of citizenship, such as these checks. And it only seems fair. Why should they be rewarded for breaking our immigration laws?
They aren’t even supposed to be here. Over one million immigrants are legally allowed into the US every year, far more than any other nation permits. But as with anything, there are limits. To keep our nation physically and economically safe and thriving, there must be.
But apparently some of our members of Congress, you know, the ones who get paid to know better, don’t understand this.
Tlaib, takes this insanity even further, saying that everyone “including undocumented people, permanent residents, and temporary visitors whose stay exceeds three months” should receive money.
She even has her own plan for Coronavirus relief that would give EVERYONE $2,000 on a debit card and another $1000 for every month up until a year after the outbreak ends. To do this, she says the federal government should mint two new $1 trillion coins. “No additional debt – we’ll just mint two coins.”
Umm… I’m not really sure Tlaib understands how the process of minting works if she thinks we can simply erase national debt by making new coins.
But anyway, that is far from the point.
The point is that neither of these women understands what it means to be American, to work by the sweat of their brow for something they can be proud of. Instead, they want to give what you, I, and our founding fathers have toiled over day and night for years to those who broke our laws, stole our identities, and now want a piece of our reward.
Forgive me, but I don’t think so.