The latest coronavirus relief proposal from House Democrats is sparking outrage from conservatives after revelations about amnesty protections for illegal immigrants were found buried on page 1,737 of the bill.
The bill, which insulates not only illegal immigrants but also their employers, is a $3 trillion dollar behemoth that House Dems are marketing as a necessary aid to support American families. Masking the hidden amnesty provisions, Democrats are focusing attention on a second round of $1,200 direct deposits that qualified families would receive should the measure pass.
But critics are concerned that the section deferred action is counter to the interests of those families that the bill alleges to protect. Among those critics is Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli numbers himself among those critics and took to Twitter to highlight the most concerning passages:
Is it really a good idea to not only grant an amnesty to illegal aliens but to absolve employers who have been breaking the law in the last few months? I don't think so! pic.twitter.com/mak6nHzwiV— Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) May 13, 2020
Illegal immigrants who are “engaged in essential critical infrastructure labor or services in the United States” will be granted deferred action and allowed to continue participating in the American workforce. Additionally, if the bill is successful, employers who hire these illegal immigrants will no longer be found to be in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The proposal uses the list of essential services first submitted in March by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and pretty much covers every possible occupation that an illegal could fulfill—factory workers, construction workers, farmhands, delivery drivers, and kitchen cooks would all be protected should the Pelosi-led Democrats have their way.
The bill would also reward and insulate employers who, at a time when the American workforce has been facing unprecedented restrictions, have been illegally hiring foreigners for months.
Lastly, the bill will change the way direct payments are doled out to the public. A Social Security Number would no longer be required in order to qualify for the $1,200 stimulus checks. Instead, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number would be accepted, enabling almost anyone who pays taxes—regardless of immigration status—to receive the money. Certainly not an “Americans First” proposal.