Two Republican senators are lobbying to extend the delivery of coronavirus stimulus checks from the next national aid package to nearly 2 million people who have so far been excluded, even despite being Americans.
By order of the White House, that group of approximately 1.7 million Americans was excluded from the CARES Act., through which checks and payments were provided, according to sources with knowledge of the March negotiations, cited by the media The Hill, which failed to get comment from the White House.
Rubio, introduced the legislation in June together with Tillis to rectify the matter, and now they are fighting to include their measure in the next coronavirus aid package, which, according to the Treasury secretary, will present the Republican Party on Monday. .
“Senator Rubio believes that no American should be denied a federal stimulus check because
are married to someone who is not a US citizen, “a Rubio spokeswoman said Thursday.
This effort by the two Republican senators appeals not only to American citizens should not be excluded from government aid depending on who they married, if not also a signal to their own party that Now is not the time to subtract more votes, when exactly 100 days are left for the general election and the poll numbers show Trump behind and chances of the Republican Party losing the majority in the Senate.
“The good news about this proposal is that it is obvious: any member of the Republican Party who does not vote in favor will surely be attacked for not being fair or equitable and their motivations will be questioned,” he told The Hill Al Cárdenas, Co-President of the American Business Immigration Coalition and former president of the Republican Party of Florida.
“For American citizens to be treated unevenly once again in difficult times is mean and illogical,” he added.
Cárdenas’ group, along with the Koch-affiliated Free Initiative and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, are directly appealing to Republican Senate leaders to include the proposal in the next bill, which must be presented this Monday.
The proposal itself is a variation of a Democratic proposal It was rejected in previous bipartisan debates about possible coronavirus relief laws.
When the Republican Senate administration and negotiators rejected the proposal, 1.7 million U.S. citizen spouses, who also did not receive their $ 1,200 aid checks, were also excluded.
The check’s 9.9 million undocumented immigrants and 3.7 million children were also not sent of US citizens or legal permanent residents holding ITIN, according to a report by the Institute for Migration Policy.
Your exclusion from the CARES Act, the legal tool that provided the grants, surprised many pro-immigration conservatives.
“I hoped it was just an oversight,” said Daniel Garza, executive director of the Free Initiative, an influential Hispanic group within the political network financed by the Koch brothers.
“They need to repair it, fix it, never repeat it again,” Garza said of the exclusion of the nearly 2 million Americans. “It is a matter of absolute justice.”
Excluding U.S. citizens from economic relief from their marriages has opened a space for pro-immigration conservatives, who also point to the political dangers of this intentional exclusion, within 100 days of the election.
In a letter to McConnell and Republican Senate leaders last week, the American Business Immigration Coalition said that Rubio’s bill would provide stimulus checks to 291,000 Texas citizens; 81,000 in Florida; 31,000 in North Carolina; 16,000 in Wisconsin; 30,000 in Colorado; and tens of thousands in other states.
But supporters of the Rubio and Tillis bill will have to convince not only Senate Republicans, but also the most intransigent figures on the immigration issue in the White House, such as adviser Stephen Miller, who could prevent the proposal. Boom and succeed, even when negotiations with Democrats begin.