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01/30/2008

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Illegal_aliens_smuggling_border_cro In their zeal to quickly cut a deal on an economic stimulus bill, GOP lawmakers overlooked something that will certainly inflame the conservative base - illegal immigrants could receive a tax rebate check from the government.

The text of the House bill contains language making "non resident aliens" - illegal immigrants - ineligible for the tax rebates. But every year, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants use individual taxpayer identification numbers, known as ITINs, to file income tax returns with the IRS. These ID numbers are used instead of Social Security numbers. There are no exact statistics for how many illegal immigrants file tax returns, but this New York Times story from last year details the significant increase in use of ITINs.

Republicans who were involved in negotiating the bipartisan economic stimulus package would like to avoid the illegal immigration debate as the $146 billion bill comes to the Senate this week. Congressional aides say the problem is that the IRS is not a law enforcement agency, so it doesn't check immigration status when people file tax returns.

"The reality is that those who filed a tax return will be eligible" for tax rebates of $600 to $1,200, said Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.). "This [issue] has not been addressed" by the senators writing the bill.

The issue has certainly caught on in the conservative blogosphere, though, and you can bet a few conservative senators will bring this up as the stimulus bill hits the Senate floor. CNN's Lou Dobbs will probably have a field day with the issue as well.

A spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) points out that illegal immigrants are ineligible for any rebates and are committing tax fraud if they fraudulently obtain taxpayer ID numbers to file tax returns. "The bill includes language similar to the provisions included in the 2001 and 2003 tax relief bills designed to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving benefits," Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said. "There is no language in the measure that would enable illegal immigrants to receive a tax rebate.” Link

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   Look. Everytime an illegal goes to an emergency room for what should be a routine health concern, they cost the taxpayer hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. The major fear about this great gravy train giveaway is that the recipients may opt to use the windfall to pay down credit card debt or make an extra house payment - neither resulting in any 'stimulus' - the object being for them to go out and throw the money away on a new flat screen TV or some other purchase they would've not otherwise made, thus 'stimulating' the economy. Were illegals somehow denied this largesse, an impossible task, and that money managed to find its way to actual citizens - the difference wouldn't amount to much more than a nice dinner at Taco Bell. And since it doesn't look as if we're ever going to get rid of 'em - I say go ahead and let them have the rebates.

We've given them everything else already.
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Comments

They're paying taxes. Whose fault is it that they're in the position to pay taxes here? The wimps who make up our government. So...give them the rebate. They earned it and we let them earn it.

.....AND ALL OLD EYES WATCH TO SEE HOW MUCH TROUBLE IT WILL BE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SSA BENEFITS ONLY TO GET THEIR 'REBATE'.

It is not a 'tax rebate'......it is an 'inflation refund' based on how much you earnand not how much in taxes you pay.

Yeah, but only those who pay taxes get it. The thing about the old people - that is ridiculous. They should get it, too. I'm conflicted on this one........

Hey, Cat, at least rich people don't get it.

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