USA 2020 Elections: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Tue Nov 16 17:13:59 PST 2021

Biden launches massive Migrant Vote-Buying Bribery, Socialism,
National Bankruptcy, and Factory Slavery Programmes.

Such programmes cause both locations to become worse, the
better move is to stay home and remove the home government
and the thinking that caused your home to suck in the first place,
thereby making your home far better than any place abroad.
The numbers and level of coordination are clearly enough
to successfully siege upon the gates of home governments.
Which begets in turn a freedom wave around the world.
Running away does not do that, it only props up belief that
some other location abroad is freedom, when it is not.

Illegal Immigrants Would Get Up To $10.5 Billion From Reconciliation Bill

The budget reconciliation package pushed by Democrats creates a new
expanded child tax credit (CTC) that would pay illegal immigrants some
$10.5 billion next year. All immigrants with children are eligible,
regardless of how they got here and whether their children are

This includes the roughly 600,000 unaccompanied minors and persons in
family units stopped at the border in FY2021 and released into the
country pending a hearing.

Cash welfare to illegal immigrants is not just costly; it also
encourages more illegal immigration.

Although it is referred to as a “refundable credit,” the new CTC, like
the old additional child tax credit (ACTC) it replaces, pays cash to
low-income families who do not pay any federal income tax. The new
program significantly increases the maximum cash payment from $1,400
per child to $3,600 for children under 6, and to $3,000 for children
ages 6 to 17. After 2022, the maximum payment would be $2,000 per
child, but advocates hope the much larger payments will be extended.

In an analysis conducted in October, my colleague Karen Zeigler and I
estimated that illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children would
receive $8.2 billion from the new CTC. However, we had assumed that
the new program, like the old ACTC, would require children claimed as
dependents to have Social Security numbers (SSNs).  But reconciliation
(page 1452, line 14) would permanently repeal this requirement.

Illegal immigrants are able to receive benefits on behalf of their
U.S.-born children, who are American citizens. In the case of the old
ACTC, they simply acquired an individual taxpayer identification
number, which is not hard, and then claimed their payment. In
practice, only illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children could
receive payments under the old system, since as American citizens
those U.S.-born children receive SSNs. The permanent elimination of
the SSN requirement means that even illegal immigrants whose children
are also illegally in the country can receive the new expanded credit.

If the reconciliation bill is passed, we now estimate illegal
immigrants whose children are also illegally in the country will
receive $2.3 billion from the new CTC, for a total of $10.5 billion in
cash payments to illegal immigrant parents. This includes illegal
migrants here in 2020 and those stopped and then released into the
country in 2021.  These payments are not related to the huge cash
settlements the administration is planning to pay illegal immigrant
families separated at the border during the Trump administration.

Receipt of payments under the new CTC would be all the easier because
reconciliation also eliminates the work requirement of the old ACTC
for next year. In the past, some illegal immigrants who worked off the
books sometimes had trouble demonstrating employment income. Dropping
the work requirement makes it even simpler for them to receive

These payments represent an enormous inducement to illegal
immigration. We estimate that 78% of illegal immigrants with children
have income low enough to receive cash payments averaging $5,300 per
family, or about $2,600 per child next year. To place these numbers in
perspective, the median income in the current top illegal
immigrant-sending countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is
$3,000 to $4,000 a year. The cash payment we are offering to virtually
anyone who arrives with a child, whether they work in the United
States or not, is roughly equal to — or in some cases exceeds — what
migrants could earn in their home countries in one year.

In addition to creating large costs for taxpayers and encouraging
illegal immigration, the elimination of the SSN requirement would seem
to be an invitation to fraud, as tax filers now simply need to provide
a name and date of birth for a child. The only other requirement is
that they check a box on their returns indicating they lived in the
United States for half a year, though there is no enforcement
mechanism for this provision. Partly in response to a 2011 report from
the Inspector General for Tax Administration showing that illegal
immigrants made extensive use of tax credits, Congress included
provisions in both the 2015 PATH Act and the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs
Act designed to restrict illegal immigrant receipt of such programs.
This included the requirement that the qualifying child have an SSN.
The budget reconciliation effectively undoes those changes.

To be sure, most illegal immigrants who come to America do in fact
work. But the welfare benefits we give to them certainly incentivizes
even more illegal immigration. The list of things we have failed to do
to enforce our immigration laws is so long that it can’t even be
summarized here. But if we want to understand why a record 1.7 million
people were apprehended at the border in FY 2021, we need to look no
further than the large cash payments the House plans to give illegal

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