Republican lawmakers are warning that modifications to the child tax credits passed as part of new tax legislation would encourage illegal immigration which has skyrocketed under President Biden’s term in office.
The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 passed the House on Wednesday evening in a 357-70 vote. The $78 billion package still needs to be voted on in the Senate chamber.
The legislation was written by Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and was introduced into the House on January 17.
The bill would modify the existing $2,000 value of the child tax credit for inflation in tax years 2024 and 2025. It also increases the maximum refundable amount per child to $1,800 in tax year 2023, $1,900 in tax year 2024, and $2,000 in tax year 2025.
Rep. Chip Roy said on the House Floor on Wednesday, “This legislation comes with provisions that, frankly, the people I represent are tired of. It's provisions that would continue to expand the welfare state,” he said, adding that the credits were “problematic” and “undermines” the incentive to work and “produce value.”
“That provision is also available to parents who are here in this country illegally…we think that's a problem.”
Rep. Andrew Clyde wrote, “The Swamp’s tax bill fails to close a loophole that allows illegal aliens to claim the Child Tax Credit. These payments simply reward and incentivize illegal migration! What a slap in the face to the American people.”
Rep. Tom Tiffany told Fox Business’ Mornings With Maria, that the bill “will stifle work, expand welfare, and even allow illegal aliens to cash in on the Child Tax Credit.”
“No Republican should have voted for it,” he said.
According to Newsweek, Smith has pushed back on these claims, stating that for a child to qualify, they need to have a Social Security number.