A new analysis found that illegal immigrants are set to receive Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus checks alongside legal citizens. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reported that 2.65 million “aliens temporarily present without status” will be able to receive federal aid. This is because they possess Social Security numbers allowing them to receive government relief money, a CIS official explained.
CIS Director of Research Steven Camarota remarked in a March 22 report: “These individuals are in the country illegally and could be required to leave. Yet, under the current system, they are still given work authorization and Social Security numbers.” He continued: “There is simply no question that millions of illegal immigrants will receive billions of dollars in [COVID-19] relief checks.”
The CIS report noted that 653,000 illegal immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and 411,000 with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are entitled to the stimulus checks. This is because their work authorization in the U.S. comes with a valid Social Security number – which permits them to apply for and receive federal aid.
It furthermore cited a comment by Social Security Administration with regard to other illegal immigrants getting stimulus checks. The agency in charge of government benefits said that an estimated 700,000 illegal immigrants use stolen identities and Social Security numbers. Read more…