GOP senators seek to deny child tax credit to undocumented immigrants
Ayotte’s amendment is receiving opposition from pro-children organizations and immigrant rights groups.
First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley released a statement Wednesday expressing his opposition. He said the amendment comes at a time “when child poverty is already at the highest level in a generation.”
“This proposal targets millions of the most vulnerable children in America and threatens to drive even more children into poverty,” Lesley stated. “And our message to members of Congress: find a smarter solution, and don’t cut kids.”
The First Focus Campaign previously said that denying the Additional Child Tax Credit to children whose parents file federal income tax returns using an ITIN number would hurt more than 5.5 million children, 4.5 million of whom are U.S. citizens. The group also said the child tax credit has proven effective in protecting children from poverty.