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Speaker Pelosi’s Coronavirus Bill Includes Billions For Eligible Illegal Aliens

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Jason Hopkins on May 12, 2020

  • House Democrats released the HEROES Act on Tuesday, a $3 trillion spending package intended to bring relief to state and local governments, as well as individual citizens, suffering from the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The legislation, if signed into law, would allow individuals who file taxes with a Taxpayer Identification Number to be eligible for stimulus money — which would include certain illegal aliens who don’t have a Social Security number. 
  • The bill also provides millions in grant funding to sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and calls for a mass release of aliens in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced her party’s coronavirus relief package, which includes billions of dollars in carve-outs for eligible illegal aliens, grants to sanctuary cities and other protections for the undocumented community.

House Democrats released the HEROES Act on Tuesday, a bill that provides $3 trillion in stimulus funds to state and local governments, along with other industries affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation — which was not negotiated with the GOP or the Trump administration — includes $500 billion for state governments and $375 billion for local governments.

A dive through the 1,815-page bill also showed that it includes billions in payments to certain individuals living in the United States unlawfully.

Under a provision in the HEROES Act, recipients can receive stimulus money if they file taxes with a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), allowing many illegal aliens to be eligible for direct funds. A TIN is an identifying number used for taxpayer purposes instead of a Social Security number.

The previous coronavirus relief package, the CARES Act, only allowed those who filed with a Social Security number to be eligible for stimulus money, leaving out undocumented aliens. The current bill, if passed, would also retroactively provide those using Taxpayer Identification Numbers to obtain funds from the CARES Act, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

The House Speaker said in late April that Democratic leaders were in discussions to include a provision for Taxpayer Identification Numbers in the next coronavirus relief package.

The bill “pertains to the TIN provision giving illegal aliens access to any new stimulus payments and retroactively providing them with payments from the CARES Act,” Preston Huennekens, a government relations associate with FAIR, told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Tuesday.

“FAIR estimates there are 14.3 million illegal aliens, meaning that in the last stimulus alone illegal aliens could have received over $17 billion in direct payments from the Federal government,” Huennekens continued.

He added: “This bill provides other relief to illegal aliens outside of the recovery rebates. Take for instance the eviction protection for renters. The way the bill is written, illegal aliens also benefit from that protection because it is so broadly written.”

The legislation includes a multitude of other benefits for illegal aliens and the institutions that allow them to remain in the United States.

The HEROES Act, for example, calls on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release all illegal aliens under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention who do not pose a “threat to public safety or national security.” The bill also provides $300 million in federal grants to law enforcement agencies, and specifically forbids the Trump administration from withholding these funds from agencies that refuse to cooperate with ICE, also known as “sanctuary cities.”

Numbers USA, a nonprofit that advocates for less immigration into the United States, criticized the bill’s provisions regarding foreign workers.

“House Democrats prioritizing foreign workers, legal and illegal, over unemployed and underemployed Americans in the middle of a crisis is shameful,” said Numbers USA president Roy Beck.

Beck also derided a provision in the bill that would “expedite the permanent importation of foreign health care professionals, apparently to take the jobs of the tens of thousands of American health care professionals who have been laid off or furloughed during the pandemic.”

The HEROES Act, if it passes the House, is not expected to make it past the Republican-controlled Senate. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy called the bill a “liberal wishlist that has no chance of becoming law” in a statement Tuesday.

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    Sheldon May 13, 2020

    I am not and never will be in favor of having to live in a Socialist America!

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    Marguerite Nicely May 13, 2020

    Pelosi is another mental midget. Why would she give illegals any money. Send them home ! We have enough probelms getting our own bills paid without paying for illegals and refugees. She has to be the most un- intelligent woman that has ever walked this earth .
    I parya that liberals and democrats alike realize what this is going to cost us hard working taxpayers.

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    Velma May 13, 2020

    I pray the Senate will not approve and President Trump will not sign this insane bill proposed by the Leader of the Swamp Creatures.

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    Elwin Valberg May 13, 2020

    Some months ago I asked Pelosi why she wanted to kill me. Naturally I didn’t receive a reply. She has no use for anyone who doesn’t agree with her, therefore she has no use for me. I know that I want none of my tax dollars being used for such stupid crap as she is proposing in this DOA bill. May she roast in hell.

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    Juanita Harris May 13, 2020

    This is so wrong! The Speaker of the house needs to be CANNED!

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    Georgia May 13, 2020

    This proves that pelosi has no concern for our country.

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    Chad May 13, 2020

    What a joke! Nancy pelosi is at it again trying to offer Money to people that are here that shouldn’t be. Americans are out of work they are the ones that need any money to be given also to low income people on SSI,SSDI,VETS, or people that don’t make very much such low paying jobs. Basically what she has done is delayed money to Americans because this bill is dead in the water.. Thanks Pelosi

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    Jack Scarpon May 13, 2020

    Thete are no eligible illegal aliens!! They are ILLEGAL!! There for NOT eligible!!

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    Alex Czeranko May 13, 2020

    Once again this shows how the Democrats feel about those of us who live in this country, who follow the laws, and try to do things the right way. Again this shows how we need to vote out these Democrats who have been in their positions way to long
    This November election will be the single most important election for the survival of this country as we know it now. Get out and vote these socialist leaning Democrats out of office so this country can return to a country of the people, by the people, for the people

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    Donna Perklns May 13, 2020

    Please don’t sign this agreement instead let people go back to work with safety in place . We don’t need this Debt

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    Trish May 13, 2020

    Hey Republicans if this piece of crap the demonrats wrote up gets approved it will prove to every American just how much we DON’T mean to America President Trump has worked hard these last 4 years and made America Great again with a great economy, lower taxes more jobs than the last guy did who happened to lie to all of us and got away with it because NOBODY had Americans back. Stand up for us Republicans we’re watching you

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    Helen May 13, 2020

    Do NOT give away my tax dollars to sanctuary cities or illegal aliens! My son is in law enforcement and can use extra cash – but Not if it’s going to cause more family stress about police killings all over this country. New Orleans, in my state, is a sanctuary city, and the crime there has kept me from visiting & shopping there as in the past. Let Pelosi dole out her riches to sanctuary cities and illegal aliens if she cares so much about them. VETO such a crazy bill!

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    Anna C. May 13, 2020

    Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are not Working for the benefit of the American people. They are looking More like socialists with every passing day. Trump 2020! We must pray for our President. He truly wants to make America great again! All the Democrats talk about is abortion, bringing in illegal aliens, supporting them, and giving themselves raises.

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    Anonymous May 13, 2020

    No way for payments to illegals that have entered this country without legal entry. Send them back to where they came from. Get rid of the Democommies. Vote those dirtbags out of office.

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    Roger D Stoltz May 13, 2020

    Do not sign this bill. Democrats have gone nuts.. Polosi is mentally unstable.

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    loretta Z vandepol May 13, 2020

    This bitch needs to go. She is insane, senile, drunk, and a danger to our country. VETO This stupid bill and drown her stupid ass.

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    Mike May 13, 2020

    piglosi does not care about the America People, all she cares about is power & votes!!! The demoncraps should be ashamed of what they are doing to this country, all for these nwo A-holes like gates & soros. Monies should be going to US Citizens not illegals. The people that need to put money back into this economy, not sending home to other countries. All these damn politicians are getting more then they are worth at our expense. They forgot who the work for. IL. Is a sanctuary state which is broke & run into the ground by demoncraps. Now they want to get bail out because of their poor management. Just like CA. & N.Y.

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    Anonymous May 13, 2020

    MS PELOSI IF YOU ALL SO FIRED UP ABOUT SUPPORTING ILLEGALS IN THIS COUNTRY THEN GIVE UP YOUR $12 A PINT ICE CREAM AND ALL YOUR OTHER LUXUERIES, LIKE PRIVATE JET AND MILLION DOLLAR MANSIONS AND YOU SUPPORT MTHEIR ILLEGAL BUTTS

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    Barb Riesenberg May 13, 2020

    I don’t believe they deserve this give the money S.S and veterans

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    Barbara wilson May 13, 2020

    Don’t sign the bill! She is trying to bankrupt our country!!!!please we can go back to work !!! Disgrace ! Remove her from office !! She worse than Creepy Joe Biden DONT SiGN!!

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    Jim R May 13, 2020

    “Eligible Illegal Alien” Is the perfect example of an Oxymoron. Like Jumbo shrimp,

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    RICHARDFENIMORE May 13, 2020

    How can anyone be an eligible illegal alien. If your illegal your illegal and not given any tax payers dollars. Also Pelosi should be arrested for supporting illegal aliens. Our country is being overtaken by liberals who care just for themselves and all illegals. Time for American Citizens of the Unitrd Stayes to stand up and get rid of these crooked politicians. We are done as a country if the democrats win the Senate and the Presidency
    We cannot make this happen. There is less than 6 months to the election and the Democrats are trying to destroy our country
    Its time we take our country back.

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    Anonymous May 13, 2020

    Absolutely nothing for illegals.Vote to remove these demoncraps. All must go they do not care about tax payers money.
    MAGA Trump 2020

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    Mary Luy May 14, 2020

    I agree with all comments.

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