House Dems block GOP motion to strip coronavirus relief bill of checks for undocumented immigrants: Report

It seems for many Democrats, the needs of illegal immigrants come ahead of Americans’.

This dismaying fact was proven once again on Friday when a slim majority of House Democrats banded together to block a Republican-led motion to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving the $1,200 relief checks that were part of the federal government’s initial coronavirus response efforts, The Washington Times reported.

Funded by taxpayers

Included among a myriad of other progressive agenda items packed into the House’s new $3 trillion HEROES Act is a provision that would allow illegal immigrants to retroactively receive the $1,200 checks that Americans were sent as part of Congress’ initial coronavirus bill: the CARES Act.

According to The Hill, the new provision would have made it so anyone with an Individual Tax Identification Number — a number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals working in America who don’t have a Social Security number (SSN), including both legal and undocumented immigrants — could receive the $1,200 government checks.

House Republicans put forward a motion to recommit the bill that, if passed, would have resulted in another vote on the broad legislative package — without the inclusion of the provision that would have doled out taxpayer funds to illegal immigrants. But Democrats apparently weren’t having it.

Despite 13 Dems stepping across the aisle and joining Republicans on the motion, the effort to recommit was defeated 198–209, according to The Washington Times.

What about Americans?

The motion to strip that provision from the bill was introduced by Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), who, during a speech on the House floor, argued that Congress should be focused solely on the needs of American citizens during this time of national crisis.

“Hidden amongst these poison pills is a provision that will change the ID requirement for the CARES Act rebate checks from Social Security number to taxpayer identification number,” Riggleman said, according to The Hill. “This switch will allow illegal immigrants and non-citizens to get checks they aren’t eligible for.

“I didn’t think a global pandemic meant it was time to stop helping American citizens who are desperate for assistance,” the congressman added. “Now, more than ever, we need to make sure these rebate checks go to Americans who need it.”

“Dead on arrival”

With Republicans’ efforts falling short, the provision will remain in the current legislative package, which passed the House last week. That’s about as far as it will go, however: the Republican-led Senate has already expressed skepticism that the bill will be able to pass that chamber.

Even if it did somehow pass the Senate, Forbes reports that President Donald Trump has already labeled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill as “dead on arrival,” a sentiment echoed by White House economic adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday on ABC’s This Week.

“Nancy Pelosi basically lost me with that package when she has $1,200 checks for illegal immigrants, and it just goes downhill from there,” Navarro told host George Stephanopoulos. Take a look:

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