Senate Republicans Marco Rubio and Thom Tillis are seeking the inclusion of some 1.7 million Americans who did not receive the first round of coronavirus stimulus payments in the current GOP relief package, Fox Business Network reported on Monday.
According to The Hill, when the first $1,200 payments were sent to tens of millions of Americans earlier this year, the White House directed that those who jointly file taxes with a spouse who does not have a Social Security number not receive the money.
Rubio said in a statement that "No American should be denied a federal stimulus check because they are married to a foreign national who is not a U.S. citizen. Amid a global pandemic, we must ensure Americans are receiving the funds appropriated by the federal government to keep families afloat during this national crisis."
A Rubio spokesperson told Fox Business that he is committed to making sure this happens.
American Business Immigration Coalition co-chair Al Cardenas wrote in a recent opinion piece for the Tampa Bay Times that "It is no wonder President Donald Trump is unpopular with roughly 75 percent of Latino voters nationally. GOP colleagues in Congress rarely fare any better. If Republicans want to have any chance at improving their dismal polling numbers among Latinos, they must fix this gross attack on U.S. citizens who had the bad luck to fall in love with or be parented by a non-citizen."
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