Congress has again left undocumented immigrants out of its COVID-19 stimulus checks.
This will cut out millions of essential workers and their U.S. citizen children. Of the $900 billion coronavirus relief package Congress has finally agreed on, Americans are set to receive $600 stimulus checks per individual, but the legislation excludes immigrants who are “nonresident aliens” — or undocumented immigrants.
Congress will allow Americans who are married to undocumented people to receive stimulus, however, the U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants will get nothing.
Undocumented immigrants are among those hardest hit by the pandemic and they also make up significant portions of the frontline workers deemed “essential”.
Immigrants who filed taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) aren’t eligible for a social security number, yet contributed to government funds used to pay for this coronavirus relief bill.
Over 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., of over 3 million live with at least one U.S. citizen child.
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