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As previously reported, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is among the first female members of the Democratic Socialists of America elected to serve in Congress, isn’t completely satisfied with the recent passage of the largest stimulus bill in history.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and others have been vocal critics of the bill because it disallowed illegal aliens to obtain funds. In response, several House Democrats have introduced legislation, if signed into law, would resolve this exact issue.

The legislation would amend the $2 trillion stimulus package in order to allow individuals living in the U.S. unlawfully to apply for funds. California Rep. Lou Correa introduced the Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act on Friday.

Correa said, “I was appalled to learn hardworking, taxpaying immigrants were left out of the $2 trillion CARES Act.”

“By casting out immigrants, we are placing some of our most vulnerable residents in grave danger. Every individual taxpayer, irrespective of citizenship status, needs government assistance now.”

California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu said, “This virus does not care about immigration status. It does not discriminate and neither should we. Immigrants own businesses and homes, support families, and pay rent, and contribute to their communities.”

Chu continued, “Making it impossible for them to receive the same benefit we are sending to everyone else just means those immigrants will have a harder time affording food or rent, and that leaves us all worse off. I hope to see this corrected in the next relief package.”

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President Donald Trump signed the coronavirus bailout package March 17. The $2.2 trillion stimulus bill will provide a $1,200 payment to all single Americans who earn less than $75,000 annually, or $2,400 for families that earn under $150,000 — including $500 for each child under 17. (RELATED: Dems Ask That Public Charge Rule Not Apply To Immigrant Coronavirus Treatment — It Already Doesn’t)

However, these funds do not provide assistance to individuals who don’t have Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, which would include foreign nationals living and working in the U.S. unlawfully.

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Supporters of the Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act likened this stipulation to discrimination.


As we reported, the bill amounts to roughly $2.2 trillion in relief efforts. It includes $1,200 checks to many American adults and $500 for many children. It includes a $500 billion loan program for struggling businesses, cities and states, and nearly $400 billion for employee-retention funds for small businesses. It also includes $130 billion for hospitals.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a vocal critic of the Senate bill. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wrote to Twitter, “The Senate might ADJOURN FOR A MONTH after this bill? This is completely dangerous and unacceptable. We HAVE to be able to respond to people’s needs. People don’t have this time. Even IF the Senate can even return on the 20th (big IF) that may not be enough time to solve May.”

She continued, “With the health risks of travel, there is no easy choice here. But essential workers are showing up and putting their health at risk every day, and if the final text of a bill is set up to hurt them, it may be something we have to do.”

She argued that the Senate bill contains a “historic corporate giveaway.”

“Just a reminder that there is absolutely no good reason why Senate Republicans are tying a historic corporate giveaway to getting relief money in the hands of families. They could just authorize sending checks to families today, right now, & deal with the rest. But they refuse.”