GOP’s tax bill cancels $23 billion in credits claimed by illegal immigrants


The new GOP tax overhaul would strip illegal immigrants of the ability to claim several major tax credits, saving the government $23.1 billion over the next decade, according to the bill’s authors.

For years Republicans have complained that despite a general ban on taxpayer benefits flowing to illegal immigrants, the IRS has allowed them to collect the child tax credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Efforts to shut down those claims have been tried in the House but have never cleared Congress.

But the new tax overhaul tries again, calling for taxpayers to have to submit work-eligible Social Security numbers in order to claim the credits.

Immigrant-rights advocates have complained about attempts to close the tax credits in the past.

In the case of the child tax credit, activists say that while the parents may be in the country illegally, their children are often U.S. citizens who deserve the credit.

Many illegal immigrants pay taxes using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, which the IRS issues to those who aren’t authorized to work in the U.S., but whom the government still wants to pony up to Uncle Sam.

The IRS pays out billions of dollars a year in tax credits to people filing using ITINs each year, according to the agency’s inspector general.

The inspector general has repeatedly urged the IRS to stop making the payments, but the agency has refused, saying it interprets the law related to those tax credits to cover illegal immigrants as well as other taxpayers.


Well it’s about time !! Why in the world would we give those that break the law credits for anything ? Illegal means illegal ! We want immigrants that have skills and contribute , not those that refuse to speak of language and make demands !



Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau tells the jarring story of a radical transformation of tongues. Among the nearly 40 million Californians, 44.6 percent aged 5 or older do not speak English at home. Another 18.6 percent do not speak English “very well.” In America’s most populous state, the mother tongue is an orphan.
California is not alone in its dilemma. In Texas, 35.6 percent speak no English at home, and another 14 percent are substantially “English-impaired.” Rounding out the top five limited-English states are New Mexico with 34.5 percent, New Jersey with 31.7 percent, and New York with 31.0 percent.
Across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 21.6 percent of U.S. residents don’t speak English at home. That’s 65 million persons, and another 8.6 percent don’t speak it very well. Of course, illegal immigrants who “live in the shadows,” as immigrant-rights advocates describe their condition, shun contact with government representatives and presumably were not surveyed by the Census Bureau. Their numbers are commonly estimated at 12 million.


Democrats will fall on their sword over this and Republicans will cave. Just watch.