Democrats just can’t pass up an opportunity to score political points from illegal immigration. That’s how the partisan struggle over the unemployment benefits extension turned to a dispute over paying the Additional Child Tax Credit, a taxpayer-funded perk going into illegal immigrant pockets.
Democrats cry foul over using Social Security Numbers to collect tax credits.
Like having identification to vote, encouraging illegal immigration makes it hard to ask for a Social Security Number to collect tax credits. Doling out the Additional Child Tax Credit to illegal immigrants has been a thorn in the side of the fiscally responsible for years, but the push towards de facto amnesty means removing every barrier to illegals getting their hands on our tax dollars.
On one side we have Republicans and efforts like H.R. 556, the Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act. The bill would protect taxpayers from funding billions in tax credits to those who don’t have Social Security Numbers. On the other side, we have Democratic outrage:
What an unjust, cynical, and cruel proposal on the part of Republicans. It would deny hard-working immigrant families the tax credits they have earned simply because they are immigrants. Republicans would use the millions of dollars in “savings” under this measure to pay for the cost of unemployment benefits for unemployed Americans.¹
Liberal sleight of hand separates “illegal” from immigrants and means giving away favors and handouts in anticipation of a future groundswell of support. When the question is who pays for college tuition, though, there is no pretense of hiding immigration status. Supporters of illegal immigration openly admit who the benefits are going to.
Should illegal immigration mean a college tuition giveaway?
If illegal immigrants don’t get their tax credits it will be even harder to send their kids to college, so states have already stepped in with programs to help pay tuition. Now we have a bill to encourage states to provide another incentive for illegal immigration, the awkwardly titled Investing IN States to Achieve Tuition Equity (IN-STATE) for Dreamers Act of 2014. The bill would establish the American Dream Grant program for states that provide favorable tuition rates or financial aid for illegal immigrants.
Why should we encourage taxpayers to pay to support illegal immigration? One of the bill’s sponsors, Washington’s Patty Murray claims:
“All qualified students should have the same opportunities to get a college degree, regardless of their immigration status,” Senator Murray said. “Undocumented students are no different than their classmates. They live in the same towns, attend the same schools, and share the same dreams – and they deserve an equal chance to go to college and start successful careers in this country.”²
Co-sponsor Jared Polis of Colorado agrees:
“When a student has put in the hard work and dedication required to get into college in their home state, it is unconscionable to deny them the chance to continue their education, based solely on higher costs due to a broken immigration system,” said Representative Polis.³
The honest answer is a lot simpler. Giving away the American Dream is good politics, especially if keeping your taxpayer-funded job as a member of the congressional left is what really matters.