Some U.S. citizens aren’t eligible for stimulus checks — because they’re married to immigrants.
Yes, there are strings attached to getting stimulus money. U.S. citizens are NOT eligible to receive it if they’re married and filed taxes jointly with an immigrant who does not have a social security number.
The LA Times is reporting that there are more than a million Americans in this position across the country. Any immigrant without a SS #, even if they have a tax ID and pay U.S. taxes, can render their entire family ineligible to receive any money.
Immigrants to the U.S. receive a social security number only when they receive a work permit, which means there are a whole host of visas immigrants can use to come to the country perfectly legally (student or fiancé visas, for example) that won’t get them a work permit or a social security card.
For people on non-work visas, it’s impossible to obtain a social security number until obtaining permanent resident status, which is anther long, involved process.
This is another blatant, baseless attack on people who come to live in the U.S., no matter how they do it and this stimulus check provision is proof of that.
But California has announced its own stimulus plan, offering grants of up to $500 for individuals and $1,000 for families, meant to help immigrants without legal status get through this crisis.
Ashlee Ramirez, a registered nurse who has spent the last month working long hours in an emergency room and helping to intubate COVID-19 patients, has not received stimulus money because she files her taxes jointly with her husband, Fredy, a Honduran citizen pic.twitter.com/7AAeUWqjRP— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) April 21, 2020