When the New York Post did a piece on illegal immigrants not receiving economic stimulus checks, Rep. Ilhan Omar ‚Äúfixed‚ÄĚ the headline by crossing out ‚Äúillegal immigrants‚ÄĚ and penciling in ‚ÄúAmerican taxpayers.‚ÄĚ If they were American taxpayers, though, there wouldn‚Äôt be an issue, but they‚Äôre not Americans ‚ÄĒ they‚Äôre citizens of other countries living in the United States illegally.
While fellow Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley is hoping for aid to illegal immigrants in the next phase of coronavirus relief, the New York Daily News is shouting that nearly 200,000 New Yorkers won‚Äôt get relief money because of Republican roadblocks.
‚ÄĒ New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 13, 2020
About that Republican roadblock:
Michael Zona, a spokesman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said that the ITIN restriction was modeled after rules for cash assistance spelled out in the 2008 financial crisis stimulus package.
‚Äú[The restriction] prevents illegal immigrants from qualifying for a U.S. taxpayer-funded program and helps reduce fraud and abuse,‚ÄĚ said Zona, whose boss played a major role in writing the bill.
Adding to the financial hardship, many ITIN users in New York likely aren‚Äôt able to work due to Gov. Cuomo‚Äôs stay-at-home order or apply for unemployment benefits due to their illegal immigration status, leaving them strapped for cash as the state‚Äôs coronavirus death toll soars above 10,000.
Republicans stopped illegal aliens from getting tax $$$
How can I vote for more of them? https://t.co/tWF0ImD1OZ
‚ÄĒ Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) April 13, 2020
So, those big bad Republicans won't send taxpayer money to fund those in the country illegally, including those in the sanctuary city of New York.
Shocking? Then again, most over America agrees. https://t.co/Oe2u1NATIb
‚ÄĒ Soquel by the Creek (@SoquelCreek) April 13, 2020
Yes. That is right. They are not here legally. They are ‚Äúundocumented.‚ÄĚ They don‚Äôt get to draw from the public coffer. Why is that a problem to anybody?
‚ÄĒ Johnny Green (@johngreen1620) April 13, 2020
These "taxpaying New Yorkers" are ILLEGAL ALIENS.
How long do our government overlords think the American citizens that actually pay taxes will take this?
‚ÄĒ Furious A Rae (@IheartAlby) April 13, 2020
Quoting the story itself:
The law "makes people who use Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) ineligible. ‚Ä¶ ITINs are mostly used by [illegal aliens] who can‚Äôt get Social Security numbers."
At that point, the blimp deflates. https://t.co/DspwgxfsSC
‚ÄĒ Ryan Drexel Rawson (@drexrawson) April 13, 2020
The "New Yorkers" this article is referring to are illegal aliens, in case you were wondering. https://t.co/xdcSX9DwET
‚ÄĒ Pounce de Le√≥n (@RightAllTheTime) April 13, 2020
200,000 "New Yorkers" that, well, aren't Americans. https://t.co/SoZ8NXhb4D
‚ÄĒ Swearengen (@Camelback71) April 13, 2020
Because, the checks are for Americans! Stop checks going to those that are NOT Americans! AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING! https://t.co/tVFeOC5j1i
‚ÄĒ Jo Rouston (@RoustonJo) April 13, 2020
Are illegal aliens actually "New Yorkers", with all the benefits of citizenship? https://t.co/mAr9QzYKoW
‚ÄĒ On The Left Coast (@GhostedUSA) April 13, 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks they are, but he‚Äôs wrong about a lot.
During a worldwide pandemic, press is shocked and outraged when the government doesn't send checks to non-citizens who entered and reside in the US illegally. https://t.co/twYWfdtX9G
‚ÄĒ Elizabeth (@RiseBFearless) April 13, 2020
Why is their government not helping them? https://t.co/NQRyd65LeH
‚ÄĒ The Renegade Poet (@PoetAshes) April 13, 2020
I too am waiting for money from foreign governments. Why won't any of them send me any money?
‚ÄĒ Amrond Thardell (@amrond99) April 13, 2020
FAKE NEWS‚Ä¶‚Ä¶ everyone entitled to a check will get a check. https://t.co/cmQOrTMm6a
‚ÄĒ Bob #MAGA (@mcpbob) April 13, 2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar fixes coronavirus aid headline, replaces ‚Äėillegal immigrants‚Äô with ‚ÄėAmerican taxpayers‚Äô https://t.co/aGvimlhnEp
‚ÄĒ Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 8, 2020