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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

No "tax rebate checks" for illegal aliens... PERIOD!

by Jeff Mazzella, Center for Individual Freedom - [Extracted portions]: Will illegal aliens still receive rebate checks from the federal government as part of the so-called stimulus plan presently being debated in Congress? [Update: The bill passed the House and is in the Senate]

According to Congressman John Shadegg who was one of the few Republicans in the House of Representatives with the courage to vote against this stimulus package:
"The reason that illegal aliens will nonetheless receive rebate checks is that under the terms of the bill, checks are to be automatically sent to all people who filed a tax return and earned the requisite $3000. Because tax returns do not disclose a taxpayer's legal status, rebate checks will automatically be sent to all illegal aliens who filed a tax return.

It's a little like going out on Halloween and telling your babysitter that she should only give out candy to kids from your neighborhood. But, she has no way of knowing which kids are from your neighborhood and which are from somewhere else, so she just gives it to all the kids who come to your house. Simply put, the IRS has no way to know whether the individual who filed the tax return is an illegal alien or not. As a result, it will issue checks to all illegal aliens who filed a return."
Of course Shadegg made these comments in reference to the bill as it originally passed the House, which made those who filed tax returns using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) eligible for refunds. Days later Senator John Ensign proposed a measure that supposedly fixed this loophole by stipulating that only those with valid Social Security numbers --and not ITINs --would be eligible for checks.

But will that stop illegals from receiving checks? According to Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, the answer is still "NO" because there is a: "lack of coordination between the IRS and immigration enforcement agencies.... If the IRS was cooperating with Social Security or DHS... they would know who the illegal immigrants are who file tax returns." In fact, according to government estimates, the buying and selling of fraudulent Social Security numbers is a $50 Billion (that's BILLION) a year business! And that's a problem!

When first word got out that illegal aliens who filed tax returns using ITINs would be receiving "rebate checks," what did our elected leaders in Congress initially do? They denied it! . . . But then, last Wednesday, Members of the Senate Finance Committee proposed a "fix" to the problem. But did the Senate Finance Committee actually "fix" the bill? According to Rep. Tom Tancredo, the answer is still "NO!" Tancredo said on Fox News:
"Whether the total amount of checks cut to illegal aliens from the U.S. Treasury amounts to $600 or $6 billion, I do not believe the American public supports a stimulus package that reinforces the idea that there is really no difference between illegal aliens and American citizens. Worse, given the well documented tendency of illegal aliens to send large portions of their earnings back to relatives in their home country, it is quite possible that the lion's share of any payments sent to illegal aliens will simply be sent abroad -- stimulating a foreign economy rather than our own. . . . The fact that we know that Social Security numbers are compromised, the fact that thousands of people, maybe millions of people, we don't know for sure how many people, filed an income tax form with a fake Social Security number. We also know that there's absolutely no communication between the IRS and Social Security Administration."
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that illegal aliens who are using fraudulent Social Security numbers will not be deterred from collecting rebate checks from a government that is already giving them a ton of freebies and is laissez-faire when it comes to enforcing immigration laws in the first place! Simply put, that means a lot of illegal aliens are going to get a lot of government checks . . . Courtesy of U.S. Taxpaying Citizens! Amazing, isn't it! When it comes to building a fence to stop people from breaking the law, our government leaders stall. When it comes to giving money away to lawbreakers, they can't move fast enough! Let's show them we can move quickly too. Let's send them a simple message: No rebate checks for illegal aliens... PERIOD! . . . [Read More]
ARRA Note: you may pay send a fax blast Congress via CFIF at the link above or you may call
Contact your senators! or representatives! The economic stimulus bill passed the house and is in the Senate being at the moment loaded with pork spending projects.

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