Thursday, February 26, 2015

Don't Give Illegals Social Security Numbers. Give Them Tax I.D.'s

If President Obama gets his way, amnesty to illegal aliens will include the issuance of Social Security numbers.

This is just plain wrong. A Social Security number gives them access to all too many federal and state services as benefits including the ability to easily register to vote, which would be a federal crime.  Under the Motor Voter law anyone with a valid Social Security number can register to vote anytime they apply for or renew a driver's license or sign up for public assistance.  No proof of citizenship is required. A Social Security card also allows them to file a tax return and get a refund under the Earned Income Tax Credit that is in excess of any taxes they many have paid and/or may have been refunded.

None of these things are afforded to legal foreign residents who live and pay taxes in this country because they typically don't get Social Security numbers, they get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).  The ITIN looks exactly like a Social Security number but the lead digit is a "9", which serves as a red flag that the person holding that number is a guest in this country and not a citizen.  The ITIN serves the purposes of collecting taxes and Social Security/Medicare payroll taxes (FICA, but negates the ability of the holder to file for an Earned Income Tax Credit refund.

Congress should act now to insure that, if Obama is allowed to give amnesty to illegals, they are only eligible for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers starting with the digit "9". Otherwise, a new study has shown, that many illegals could file tax returns for the last 4-years and get up to $35,000 in retroactively paid Earned Income Tax Credits.


Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to vote:

Under current law, non-citizens are not allowed to vote in federal elections, and it is a federal crime for a non-citizen to vote or register to vote in such an election, punishable by imprisonment and/or the initiation of removal proceedings against that individual:

Motor Voter Act:

Taxpayer Identification Numbers:

Amnesty Beneficiaries Could Claim More Than $35K In Tax Benefits In First Year:

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