Firebrand democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expressed outrage that illegal aliens were not included in the emergency benefits of the bipartisan bill meant to relieve the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her dissent on Thursday to her 6.6 million followers on Twitter.
"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," she tweeted.
To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs). Thanks to… https://t.co/kELDwPyJfQ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1585241640.0
"Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon. Wall St gets $4T," she added.
She went on in a second tweet to claim that the Republicans are holding people "hostage."
"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. Without the Wall St giveaway, GOP refuses to fund hospitals & unemployment. It's inhumane," she tweeted.
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. 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.
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.
Here's more about the coronavirus bill:
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