Language in the new GOP tax bill allows for illegal immigrants to claim child tax credits for anchor babies.
“In order to receive the child tax credit (i.e., both the refundable and non-refundable portion), a taxpayer must include a Social Security number for each qualifying child for whom the credit is claimed on the tax return,” it reads.
The credit was increased from $1,000 to $2,000 at the behest of Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, which allows for a refundable credit of up to $1,400.
“Because of birthright citizenship, any children born to illegal aliens become automatic U.S. citizens. Thus, illegal aliens can still receive billions of dollars in tax credits for their U.S.-born children,” Temple University professor Jan Ting wrote in a post on the website for the Center for Immigration Studies.
Illegal aliens are allowed to use a Taxpayer Identification Number to get the credit. A provision that was not allowed in the House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that required the “taxpayer includes the taxpayer’s Social Security number on the return of tax for such taxable year.”
But the new language in the bill agreed to by the senate and House allows for the use of a TIN which opens the floodgates to illegal aliens claiming the credit.
“The House bill requires a SSN in order to claim the child tax credit. Members will work to address this in conference to protect against fraud in this credit,” a spokesperson for the House Ways and Means Committee told Breitbart.
It remains to be seen if the provision will be changed.
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