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Ilhan Omar alters headline about legislation giving federal coronavirus relief funds to illegal immigrants

By Dominick Mastrangelo April 10th, 2020 | Image Source : Washington Examiner

Rep. Ilhan Omar drew anger from critics on social media after tweeting an altered headline from a story about legislation she introduced, calling illegal immigrants “American taxpayers.”

“‘Squad’ members want to make illegal immigrants eligible for coronavirus aid,” the New York Post headline read.

Omar crossed out the words “illegal immigrants” and replaced them with “American taxpayers.”

The freshman lawmaker from Minnesota, herself an immigrant from Somalia, sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury this week to “clarify eligibility requirements and request an update on the implementation of recovery rebates.”

The $2 trillion federal aid package passed by Congress last month is slated to put money in the hands of people financially hurting as a result of the coronavirus.

Only citizens who pay taxes and Social Security are eligible for the funds. Part of the legislation passed by Congress also provides additional financing for state unemployment benefits, another chunk of money unavailable to people living in the country illegally.

“It is absurd and cruel that a taxpaying, mixed status couple or family could be excluded from this relief,” Omar said. “Over 140,000 Minnesotans live in mixed status families of some form. As currently written, many Minnesotans who are in this country legally or part of a mixed status family will not receive any stimulus money, even if one of them has a social security number but the other does not.”

After she tweeted the altered headline, Omar’s critics blasted her.

Author: Dominick Mastrangelo

Source: Washington Examiner: Ilhan Omar alters headline about legislation giving federal coronavirus relief funds to illegal immigrants


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