There are lots of good reasons to oppose President Obama’s move to grant a form of amnesty to millions of illegal aliens — reasons that transcend anybody’s position on broader issues of immigration reform.
But as we head into this battle over tying that amnesty to DHS funding and the beating Republicans are taking in the media (as always) for standing up for exceptionally important principles, I think that one particular argument could be the most effective in terms of public opinion and putting Democrats on the defensive for blocking a bill which would fund DHS but block amnesty:
Amnesty will allow illegal aliens to collect money retroactively from US taxpayers. Admittedly there are probably not very many illegals who filed tax returns, but those who did – even if they didn’t pay any tax – could apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit and receive a check from the federal government.
This is insane and offensive to any American of common sense, again regardless of their view on immigration reform overall.
Today the Washington Times reports that in a letter to Congress, the IRS is defending their interpretation of the law, namely that Obama’s giving Social Security numbers to illegal aliens will make those illegal aliens eligible for “refunds” of taxes they never paid.
It’s time for Republicans to grow a pair and explain why stopping President Obama’s amnesty is so important. For those members of the public who don’t care about the rule of law or the Constitution or Obama’s own plain words that he doesn’t have the authority to do what he did, learning that illegal aliens may be able to claim money from American citizens should set their hair on fire.
Now get out there, John Boehner, and spread the word!
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