Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is outraged that the recently passed bipartisan coronavirus relief bill does not include emergency payment to illegal aliens.
The self-declared democratic socialist – who promotes open borders, a $16-trillion-plus Green New Deal, expanded government-funded abortion and Medicare-for-all – is now blasting Republicans for a bill passed by fellow Democrats – a bill into which fellow House Democrat, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), tried to cram Obama phones, radical abortion funding and climate change funds.
“To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers – NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs),” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday. “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.”
Playing the race card in a national crisis
After previously accusing President Donald Trump of resembling Adolf Hitler and his Nazi German regime for the illegal immigrant detention centers that were built and launched by the Obama administration – referring to the border facilities as “concentration camps” – Ocasio-Cortez continued her latest tweet storm inciting more racial tensions amidst a national emergency.
"What Trump [and] Senate GOP have done is hold hospitals, working people and the vulnerable hostage so they could get in $500 billion (that will be leveraged into $4T) in corporate welfare,” AOC charged in her second post to her 6.6 million Twitter followers. “Without the Wall St. giveaway, GOP refuses to fund hospitals & unemployment. It's inhumane."
Facts over emotions
This claim by the fiery Democrat was immediately debunked by the conservative media.
“The New York lawmaker … proclaimed the GOP is refusing to fund hospitals or unemployment – despite the fact that the bipartisan bill provides $100 billion for hospitals and the vast expansion of unemployment benefits,” Breitbart News argued. “The Tax Policy Center found that the vast majority of American households – roughly 90% -- will benefit from the checks.”
In addition, there are several facts the firebrand Democrat failed to include in her emotive charge on social media.
“The law requires authorized workers who are noncitizens to have a social security number in order to legally work in the United States,” Townhall informed. “It's also illegal for noncitizens to steal someone else's social security number in order to get a job – though many noncitizens do just that.”
The ITIN issue AOC raised was also addressed.
“The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) was created in 1996, in part, to capture taxable income from people illegally working in the U.S, [so] when ITIN workers file tax returns – which they're required to do – many claim credits like the Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit and the American Opportunity Credit,” Townhall pointed out. “State and local governments also spend billions every year providing services for illegal immigrants, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform … that's hardly ‘nothing,’ as the congresswoman suggests.”
A question was also posed for the 30-year-old Latino to ponder when demanding more taxpayer funds to be siphoned to illegal aliens who are already reaping many free benefits from the government.
“If a non-citizen wasn't working in the U.S., why would such a person need a relief check anyway, and why would it be the U.S. government's responsibility to give money to such an individual?” Townhall’s Bronson Stocking asked. “Such individuals should ask their own countries for relief.”
Even though a number or researchers maintain many illegals do have some taxes taken from their work checks, many studies indicate that what illegals take from the system greatly outweighs what they put into it.
“Studies show that illegal aliens pay as much as $13.6 billion in federal taxes, and about $12 billion in Social Security taxes through payroll deductions, [as] many illegal aliens choose to pay taxes as a consequence of the chance to work at all in the U.S. – while others do so in hopes of securing legal residence later,” TheBlaze reported. “Other studies, however, show that the annual burden of the social services paid for illegal aliens in the U.S. amount to far more than what they contribute in taxes.”
On Friday, the House voted to pass the $2.2-trillion bill that Trump then signed – just days after the Senate passed it unanimously on Wednesday.