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#1 Panthers_Lover

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 12:52 PM

From an AP report:



WASHINGTON (AP) - The $800 billion-plus economic stimulus measure making its way through Congress could steer government checks to illegal immigrants, a top Republican congressional official asserted Thursday.

The legislation, which would send tax credits of $500 per worker and $1,000 per couple, expressly disqualifies nonresident aliens, but it would allow people who don't have Social Security numbers to be eligible for the checks.

Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for a Social Security number can file tax returns with an alternative number. A House-passed version of the economic recovery bill and one making its way through the Senate would allow anyone with such a number, called an individual taxpayer identification number, to qualify for the tax credits.

A revolt among GOP conservatives to similar provisions of a 2008 economic stimulus bill, which sent rebate checks to most wage earners, forced Democratic congressional leaders to add stricter eligibility requirements. That legislation, enacted in February 2008, required that people have valid Social Security numbers in order to get checks.



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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:00 PM

Damn I hate Democrats. Jesus H.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:07 PM

yep, heard about this today. all the dems are trying to do is gain popularity amongst illegals (at the expense of this country) to ensure more election victories.

...unless, their "caring ways" have taken them completely off the deep end. the liberal ideology on economics is disgusting.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:38 PM

you idiots, you left out the fact that these people do in fact have to pay taxes to even be considered for this thing, illegal or not. Thought you all wanted these people to actually pay taxes?

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:44 PM

you idiots, you left out the fact that these people do in fact have to pay taxes to even be considered for this thing, illegal or not. Thought you all wanted these people to actually pay taxes?


You calling us the idiots is rich ....

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:45 PM

you idiots, you left out the fact that these people do in fact have to pay taxes to even be considered for this thing, illegal or not. Thought you all wanted these people to actually pay taxes?


Crap you beat me too it. Yes, to get this, they have to be PAYING taxes. Which means they are actually PUTTING into the system instead of just leeching for once. Look, repubs and democrats help illegals. It's the fact. Rich people love them cause they are cheaper. To say single a party out on helping illegals is retarded, you need to single out the government as a whole. That's not as fun though.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:46 PM

As someone who has recently worked with a lot of immigrants, both legal and otherwise, if they're paying taxes and helping fuel this economy, I have no problem with them benefiting

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:58 PM

Didn't realize they were paying taxes. My full apologies. Democrats still piss me off, though. How is this stimulating the economy? Every dollar is going back to their families in Mexico.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:59 PM

jesus. the bottom line is this: you have inviduals who are not legally supposed to be in this country, nor are they entitled to it...yet they are handed the opportunity to reap its benefits at the expense of legal citizens and their rights.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 02:00 PM

how do you pay taxes without a SSN? I'm curious...

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 02:03 PM

how do you pay taxes without a SSN? I'm curious...


It's called a Taxpayer ID #

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 02:03 PM

how do you pay taxes without a SSN? I'm curious...


You get an "alternate" number ... like the article says. It's still an illegal benefiting .... the world is crazy.