Sam Johnson Reintroduces Bill to Stop Illegal Immigrants from Claiming Refundable Child Tax Credit

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Washington, April 27, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act.  The bill seeks to prevent illegal immigrants from claiming the $1,000 refundable child tax credit. 


“I’m pleased that, unlike former President Obama, President Trump takes our immigration laws seriously and is working to make our borders more secure,” said Johnson.  “In fact, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly announced in March that illegal immigration across the southwest border has seen a drastic decline since January.”


Johnson continued, “While this is good news, it’s still a reality that illegal immigration can put large financial burdens on taxpayers – including public education, welfare, and benefits.  One such benefit is the Refundable Child Tax Credit.  You see, right now the IRS doesn’t require Social Security numbers for this credit.  The Inspector General said that as a result, illegal immigrants can get thousands of dollars from the IRS.  It’s no surprise that it also encourages more illegals to come here.  To stop this credit abuse, my bill requires individuals to provide their Social Security numbers if they want to claim this tax credit.  This is commonsense bill passed by the House before, and it’s something hardworking, taxpaying Americans want, need, and deserve.”

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