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CFE Poll: 72% Say No Child Tax Credit for Illegals

By    |   Monday, 01 April 2024 02:51 PM EDT

As the Biden administration continues to grapple with growing public backlash over the record number of illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S., a 72% majority of Americans say those who crossed the border illegally should not be entitled to child tax credits, according to a new poll.

Obtained by the Washington Examiner, the survey from the Center for Excellence in Polling found that, in addition to the majority of likely voters being opposed to child tax credits for illegal immigrants, a 56% majority isn’t in favor of including them in the program even if they have a child who was born in the United States.

The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, which passed the House at the end of January, would increase and modify child tax credit provisions, such as the low-income housing tax credit. According to the congressional website, the $78 billion package still needs to be voted on in the Senate.

Some Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns that the legislation could benefit the parents of children with American citizenship, who crossed into the country illegally.

"This legislation comes with provisions that, frankly, the people I represent are tired of," Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said on the House floor Jan. 31. "It's provisions that would continue to expand the welfare state. ... it is also available to parents who are here in this country illegally, of children born in the United States. We think that's a problem."

Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., said in a post on X that the "swamp" bill will "simply reward and incentivize illegal migration," adding that it was "a slap in the face to the American people."

In the Senate, the Safeguarding American Workers’ Benefits Act has been introduced to close the loophole that allows illegal immigrants to receive federal child tax credits.

"Let’s face facts: Our national debt is unsustainable and only getting worse," Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., said in a statement. "Combine that with the taxpayer-funded benefits that are and will be claimed by the waves of illegal immigrants flooding across the border, and we’re faced with the duty of finding areas where we can begin stemming government spending."

According to the Examiner, the poll showed strong support for measures like hers.

The survey was conducted by the polling arm of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Tarren Bragdon, president and CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, told the Examiner that "a wide open border" combined with "a wide open welfare program makes for a perfect storm of financial and social dysfunction" that "American families can’t afford."

"Expanding the child tax credit might provide a temporary political sugar high, but any government program that incentivizes welfare over work and rewards illegal entry into the country will harm families much more than it will help," Bragdon said. "Senate Republicans backed away from the bipartisan border deal after public outcry on illegal immigration. Our polling shows they should back away from this welfare expansion as well if they want to remain in step with voters."

Nicole Wells

Nicole Wells, a Newsmax general assignment reporter covers news, politics, and culture. She is a National Newspaper Association award-winning journalist.

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As the Biden administration continues to grapple with growing public backlash over the record number of illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S., a 72% majority of Americans say those who crossed the border illegally should not be entitled to child tax credits.
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