While it's a good thing Republicans en-mass resisted the so-called stimulus bill, it still begs the question: where were they as they allowed the Third World to move here in the first place? Don't let your guard down with these people. -- Ed.
The $800 billion-plus economic stimulus measure making its way
through Congress could steer government checks to illegal immigrants, a
top Republican congressional official asserted Thursday.The legislation, which would send tax credits of $500 per
worker and $1,000 per couple, expressly disqualifies nonresident
aliens, but it would allow people who don't have Social Security
numbers to be eligible for the checks.
Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for a Social
Security number can file tax returns with an alternative number. A
House-passed version of the economic recovery bill and one making its
way through the Senate would allow anyone with such a number, called an
individual taxpayer identification number, to qualify for the tax
credits. A revolt among GOP conservatives to similar provisions of a 2008
economic stimulus bill, which sent rebate checks to most wage earners,
forced Democratic congressional leaders to add stricter eligibility
requirements. That legislation, enacted in February 2008, required that
people have valid Social Security numbers in order to get checks.
The GOP official voiced concerns about the latest economic aid
measure on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to
discuss it publicly.
Republicans have already blasted the package for including what they
argue is wasteful spending and omitting tax cuts for wealthier people
and businesses they say are needed to jump-start the anemic economy.
Not a single Republican voted for an $819 billion version of the plan when it passed the House on Wednesday.
GOP senators arranged a midday news conference to voice their concerns.