Congress Opts to Continue Giving Tax Dollars to Illegal Aliens

The following story appeared in FAIR’s February 21 Legislative Update. To subscribe to FAIR’s Legislative Update click here.

During closed-door negotiations last week, House and Senate leaders stripped a key provision from the payroll tax cut bill that would have prevented illegal aliens from qualifying for the additional child tax credit (ACTC). Leaders caved on the language in spite of an U.S. Inspector General report revealing that illegal aliens received $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits in 2010, primarily through the ACTC. (See TIGTA Report 2011-41-061, July 7, 2011; see also FAIR Legislative Update, Sept. 6, 2011)

The provision members struck from the bill – similar to legislation introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) – would close this tax credit loophole by requiring that individuals who claim the ACTC provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN). (FAIR Legislative Update, Nov. 21, 2011) Currently, the IRS only requires applicants for the ACTC to provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indiscriminately hands out to illegal aliens.

Although twenty House and Senate members were assigned to negotiate the final version of the bill, media outlets widely reported that the final package was crafted by Congressional leaders: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Finance Chair Max Baucus (D-MT), and House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp (R-MI). (Politico, Feb. 16, 2012)

Speaker Boehner threw his support behind the deal. This is “a fair agreement and one that I support,” he told reporters. (Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2012) Majority Leader Reid also spoke favorably of the agreement, “I am glad that most of my Republican colleagues put the interests of the middle class ahead of politics,” he declared in a statement. (Fox News, Feb. 16, 2012)

The $4.2 billion taxpayers doled out to illegal aliens in 2010 reflects a four-fold increase in refundable tax credits paid to illegal aliens over the last five years. A previous report issued by the Treasury Inspector General revealed Americans paid $924 million in 2005. (See FAIR’s Website) The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation determined that if Congress were to fix this burden on U.S. taxpayers, it would save Americans at least $10 billion if the benefit expires in 2012, and $24 billion by 2021. (Human Events, Sept. 21, 2011)

Congress passed the payroll tax package without the ACTC provision Friday. (See House Roll Call Vote #72; see also Senate Roll Call Vote #22) President Obama is expected to sign the deal.

Comments

  1. avatar howe says:

    BOO HOO Boehnor won’t last another year, he’s losing his grip on what itmeans to have backbone. People are hurting and he allows legislation for billions of dollars to be given to illegals who are breaking the law.

  2. avatar FACE-IT says:
  3. avatar RYAN JONES says:

    MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com, JUDICIAL WATCH.org & WIKIleaks EXPOSES OBAMA’S AGENDA OF OPEN BORDERS, FUNDING OF LA RAZA SUPREMACY, AND HISPANDERING FOR THE ILLEGALS’ VOTES!
    SHOCKING!

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2012/03/further-evidence-of-secret-us.html

  4. avatar RYAN JONES says:

    viva la raza supremacy?

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2012/02/mexicans-and-child-molestation.html

    AMERICA vs. MEXICO : CLASHING CULTURES ….. FRIGHTENING REALITY OF THE INVADERS

    “The legal age of sexual consent in Mexico is 12 years old. Sex with children at this age and younger is socially acceptable in Mexico . For example: A Mexican Lopez-Mendez pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a 10 year old girl in West Virginia . His excuse: sex with young girls was common with his people. He said, “I was unaware that it was a crime.”

    • avatar Piglett says:

      So for a American Citizen “Ignorance of our law is no excuse”, for diplomats and illegals, isess OK?

  5. avatar SUSANM says:

    ATTN: NEED A ANSWER…..
    IS THERE A WAY THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA CAN PUT THEIR TAX MONEY IN A BANK/TRUST
    UNTIL OBAMA, CONGRESS, SENATE SEE THAT EVERY ILLEGAL MUST GO BACK TO THEIR HOMES AND WAIT IN LINE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE….OBAMA IS LETTING MILLIONS MORE IN FOR WHAT, AMERICA WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING TO PUT A END TO EVERYTHING OBAMA IS DOING….WHAT HE’S DOING IS DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY……………………………..

    • avatar Mike Strate says:

      WRONG!!!! IT IS NOT OBAMA’S FAULT…………the type of legislation that allows “illegals” to stay in America, (or go through the revolving door at the border) was written, and passed, PRIMARILY by Republicans! Corporations have conspired with Congress (Dems & Reps), through “Lobbyists” to lower wages and increase profits/dividends. Come on man……it’s common knowledge!

  6. avatar John says:

    Vote them all out in 2012.

  7. avatar Bob G says:

    The last election failed to accomplish much. We need to do a lot more house cleaning of both the House and the Senate.

  8. avatar sickoftheleft says:

    As an Ohioan hailing from Boehner’s neighboring county, I can assure readers our county tea party group will be joining tea party groups from his county to oust this guy from office. I see him as a Washington insider who has spent too many years in office and is towing the line of those who are really in power (Obama, Soros, Unions, NWO foreign bankers – the list is long). Once he’s out, we’ll make sure he doesn’t end up lobbying for some corrupt entity!

  9. avatar emberrased says:

    Maybe this is proof enough that Boehner has to go. The reason he’s always crying is that he has sold out and likely for way cheaper than he would like. I for one don’t trust him as far as I could throw a 200 pound sack of dung. It is time for the teaparty’s to step up and take the leadership in the house and when we win the Senate there also. Don’t vote for the old leadership in those venues put in new guys and run it.

    • avatar Bob G says:

      I agree that traitor Boehner has to go – the sooner, the better! What’s wrong with the house republicans? It looks to me like most of those need to be replaced by REAL AMERICANS. How did so many phony Republicans sneak into the house the last election?

  10. avatar Barbara says:

    WHY!

    • avatar dred44 says:

      Because he’s anti-American, and not worth spit as a leader of anything. See if Geo. Soro’s would hire him when he gets dumped.

  11. avatar Peggy says:

    Yes they are all in it together!! ANYTHING to RUIN the USA!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!! OUST OBUMMER!!!

    • avatar Mike Strate says:

      OMG! I did not realize this forum was so full of small minded, “Republican Lemmings”! I’m a registered “Independent” as we all should be. The two party system has failed America………..NO ONE individual.

  12. avatar mike says:

    It is because you cannot believe a single word any politician says. I clearly remember George Bush in a press conference proposing allowing Mexican truckers to pass unlicensed into America because “American employers need cheap labor”. George Bush proposed,promoted, passed and signed ) down home loans which defaulted3-6 years later causing the economic collapse……why? Republicans believe America needs cheap labor. It absolutely does not. It needs good paying jobs with benefits and that requires skill and efficiency….something a cheap labor worker does not have to offer because he has no education or experience.
    I was in business for 20 years before being forced out by “cheap” labor that was working for cash on weekends destroying all avenues of the market.

  13. avatar RYAN JONES says:

    ROMNEY PROMISES TO MAKE E-VERIFY A NATIONWIDE LAW! OBAMA PROMISES HIS LA RAZA PARTY BASE of ILLEGALS TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR EMPLOYERS TO USE E-VERIFY!

    POSTED! NO LEGAL NEED APPLY! CALL IT OBAMANOMICS! KEEPING WAGES DEPRESSED WITH HORDES OF ILLEGALS KEEPS OBAMA’S WALL ST DONORS HAPPY AND GENEROUS.

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2012/02/e-verify-romney-vs-obama-his-la-raza.html

  14. avatar FACE-IT says:

    If FAIR, using the FOIA, could obtain the listing, from DHS, of the employers \
    with probable illegal immigrants working for them, some of the rest of us,
    could more easily impress upon the suspected employers the value of E-Verify.

    Plus, it would be opportune timing going into an election.

  15. avatar FACE-IT says:

    Illegal Immigrant Workers http://bit.ly/hnHEbs

  16. avatar Chad says:

    I thought the GOP was the ‘get tough on illegal immigration’ party. They control the House and they still couldn’t get this ONE provision to passed? Pathetic.

    • avatar dred44 says:

      Its the speaker he’s as nutless as the hag Nancy. Tell the people you voted for to get in the game behind you, and 70, or more % of the Citizens of this Country, or make sure someone else gets that job, and realizes that they to can be replaced. Don’t fall for that crap about what party they represent they just care about votes when they’ve been in office at least once. All they can see is the money, they forget why they came in the first place.

  17. avatar Melitta Vahalik says:

    Is it because it would have been vetoed without it? Or GOP would lose votes because of being seen too hard on illegals? Or does everybody want the USA to be USSA?

    • avatar James Borden says:

      It is because they are all in it together. Ron Paul 2012

    • avatar dred44 says:

      Good then it should have been vetoed, and everyone who was worried about those payroll tax’s would know who did what. So what you all are saying is four jerks are to blame for the IRS’s bad decisions, then as the law writing arm of government change it! Illegals deserve none of American tax payers money can you comprehend that, or does that too go over the heads of Congress.