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Trump Addresses Why Illegal Immigrants Not Eligible for Stimulus Checks: 'They Came in Illegally'

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President Donald Trump made clear on April 1 the reason the millions of unauthorized immigrants residing in the United States will not be sent coronavirus payment checks: “They came in illegally.”

“Over five million immigrants in this country do pay taxes through their IT numbers, yet they will not receive any money in the stimulus package,” one reporter told the president.

“And no undocumented immigrant will receive any aid from the government during this crisis. How do you suppose they survive during the COVID-19 [outbreak]?”

“Well, you know, you’re saying ‘undocumented,’ meaning they came in illegally,” Trump answered.

“A lot of people would say we have a lot of citizens right now that won’t be working, so what are you going to do? It’s a tough thing,” the president said.

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Trump went on to acknowledge it is a sad and difficult situation that illegal immigrants are in.

“It’s a very sad question, I must be honest with you, but they came in illegally and we have a lot of people that are citizens of our country that won’t be able to have jobs,” he said.

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Trump predicted a “boom economy” once the coronavirus outbreak is quelled, allowing jobs to come back.

“It’s a really sad situation, and we are working on it,” he reiterated regarding illegal immigrants. “I’m not going to give you a hard and fast answer, because I just want to tell you it’s something I think about, and it’s something we’re working on.”

The Pew Research Center has estimated there were 7.6 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. labor force or looking for work in 2017, making up 4.6 percent of the nation’s workers.

Legal immigrants — i.e. those with green cards, as well as the hundreds of thousands of people in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — will receive the stimulus payments because their legal status, the Miami Herald reported.

The United States allows over 1 million people to legally immigrate into the country per year.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York accused Trump and GOP lawmakers of cutting checks to Americans off the backs of “taxpaying immigrants,” highlighting specifically illegal aliens.

“To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs),” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on March 26.

“Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon. Wall St gets $4T,” she added.

In the legislation signed by Trump on March 27, $300 billion goes in direct payments to Americans.

An additional $260 billion goes to enhanced unemployment benefits, so workers — including those in the gig economy — get 100 percent of what they were earning when they lost their jobs.

Another $350 billion goes to small businesses employing 500 or fewer as loans they do not have to pay back if they keep their workers on the job at least until the end of June.

The payments were designed to help employers be able to make payroll so they do not need to lay people off.

Finally, $500 billion will go to large corporations like Boeing and others in the airline industry in the form of loans and grants to keep them afloat through these challenging economic times.

Those corporations, however, must pay back the loans to the government with interest.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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