Why exclude some Americans from the coronavirus stimulus? - The Boston Globe

Source: The Boston Globe - View Original Article
Published: May 04, 2020
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61% Liberal


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88% "They are also among the most uninsured groups.""
86% "The rule, which exempts military families, mostly affects mixed immigration status families where one spouse is an American citizen and the other an unauthorized ..."
85% "Unauthorized workers are more likely to work in low-wage but essential jobs in the pandemic such as janitors, food delivery drivers and shoppers, and ..."
82% "According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, between 50 and 75 percent of the estimated 8 million undocumented workers in the country ..."
80% "If they're trying to obtain lawful permanent status for the undocumented spouse through a marriage-based petition, filing taxes as a couple adds legitimacy to ..."
75% "An aide to Senator Chuck Grassley, who helped write the CARES Act, told The New York Times that US citizens in such mixed-status families ..."
74% "That potentially excludes millions of American citizens and their US-born children from the coronavirus stimulus package, which is designed to help families survive this ..."

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88% : The John Doe plaintiff in a class-action federal lawsuit filed in Illinois last week is one of them.
88% : They are also among the most uninsured groups.
86% : The rule, which exempts military families, mostly affects mixed immigration status families where one spouse is an American citizen and the other an unauthorized immigrant who pays taxes using a government-issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN.
85% : Unauthorized workers are more likely to work in low-wage but essential jobs in the pandemic such as janitors, food delivery drivers and shoppers, and jobs in meatpacking plants.
82% : "Had you filed a 2019 tax return individually, then yes, you could get a check.
82% : According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, between 50 and 75 percent of the estimated 8 million undocumented workers in the country pay annual federal income taxes using an ITIN.
80% : It's a narrow but still discriminatory policy that has no sensible rationale.
80% : If they're trying to obtain lawful permanent status for the undocumented spouse through a marriage-based petition, filing taxes as a couple adds legitimacy to the marriage in the eyes of the federal government.
75% : An aide to Senator Chuck Grassley, who helped write the CARES Act, told The New York Times that US citizens in such mixed-status families who file individually may still be eligible for relief.
74% : That potentially excludes millions of American citizens and their US-born children from the coronavirus stimulus package, which is designed to help families survive this disruption and pull the economy out of free fall.
70% : Economic relief in this crisis should not be used to achieve a political agenda of punishing immigrants and their families.
67% : He is married to an immigrant who pays taxes and files tax returns with an ITIN.
67% : The couple filed their taxes jointly in 2018 and 2019.
65% : He qualifies for the $1,200 check, but he is not in the military and he files jointly with his wife.
58% : At a time of unprecedented levels of unemployment, it's a callous exclusion that Congress should rectify.
54% : But as Vivian Khalaf, one of two lead attorneys in the Illinois case, said in an interview, that doesn't help her client or others who are in the same boat.
53% : A second suit was brought by a group of six American citizens, including Christina Segundo-Hernandez, from Fort Worth, Texas, who has four US-citizen children.
51% : What's more, mixed-status families who are in the process of legalizing the undocumented spouse's status are encouraged by their immigration attorneys to file their taxes jointly because that helps support their immigration case.
48% : The next round of rescue programs enacted by Congress must eliminate the provision that wrongly excludes these American citizens and their children.
45% : At least two lawsuits have been filed challenging the rule, alleging that Trump and Congress violated civil rights laws by punishing "certain United States citizens and their children from receiving the stimulus checks for the sole reason of who they chose to marry," according to one of the lawsuits.
43% : The lawsuit argued that these mixed-status families are "particularly vulnerable to the economic dislocation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic."
41% : After the glaring loophole in the CARES Act that allowed larger companies to get bailed out by small-business loan programs while many smaller businesses have been denied or are struggling to get relief, it is especially galling to deny some Americans badly needed aid on the basis of whom they chose to marry and how they choose to file their taxes.
35% : If you file separately, you're not going to get the benefit of certain exemptions, and your [tax] liability may be higher.
22% : "We're looking at this from the rear-view mirror," Khalaf said.
15% : But it's a choice whether you want to file jointly or not.
10% : For any of those couples who filed taxes jointly, the spouse who is a citizen isn't eligible for the stimulus check of up to $1,200 (unless either spouse served in the armed forces in the previous tax year).
2% : That's an estimated 1.2 million households.

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