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The children of undocumented immigrants, who are U.S. citizens have filed suit against the federal government because they did not receive their stimulus checks.
According to The Hill:
A group of U.S. citizens whose parents are undocumented immigrants are suing the government for being denied relief money from the coronavirus stimulus bill that was signed into law in March.
The group filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday, arguing that their exclusion from the relief package is unconstitutional.
“The refusal to distribute this benefit to U.S. citizen children undermines the CARES Act’s goal of providing assistance to Americans in need, frustrates the Act’s efforts to jumpstart the economy, and punishes citizen children for their parents’ status — punishment that is particularly nonsensical given that undocumented immigrants, collectively, pay billions of dollars each year in taxes,” their lawsuit reads.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act pays out up to $1,200 to eligible adults and up to $500 for each of their children. But in order to receive the money, beneficiaries must have Social Security numbers, which undocumented immigrants lack, meaning that their children can’t obtain the stimulus checks even if they are U.S. citizens.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the group by the Georgetown University Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.