Millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States will receive $1,400 stimulus checks under Biden’s coronavirus relief package, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
The report found that up to $4.38 billion will be given to individuals illegally living in the United States as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The reason for this is that certain immigrants posses Social Security numbers.
While debating the legislation, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) voiced concern about the bill’s language that would result in payments to illegal aliens. He introduced an amendment to stop that from happening, but the Democratic majority quickly rejected it.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) claimed that “undocumented immigrants do not have Social Security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks, period.”
However, CIS Director of Research Steven Camarota responded to Durbin’s claim by saying, “This is incorrect; we estimate that there are 2.65 million illegal immigrants who have Social Security numbers that allow them to receive stimulus checks. We estimate that 2.1 million of these individuals have incomes low enough to qualify for checks, and they have 1.1 million U.S.-born dependent children. As a result, illegal immigrants could receive an estimated $4.38 billion in cash payments from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.”
The CIS also explained how illegal immigrants could have obtained valid Social Security numbers.
“There are 653,000 illegal immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and 411,000 with Temporary Protected Status (TPS),” according to CIS. “In FY 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued 882,000 work authorizations and Social Security numbers to other illegal immigrants. Among the categories eligible are adjustment of status, suspension of deportation, and asylum applicants, as well as those given withholding of removal, deferred action (non-DACA), and parolees.”
So, under the current system, they are eligible to receive certain benefits, including Earned Income Tax Credit and COVID stimulus checks because they have a Social Security number.