Jun 27

Illegal Aliens Collect Billions in Tax Benefits

Federal government data shows that while roughly half of illegal immigrants file federal tax returns, the vast majority of them don’t pay any federal income taxes at all. Instead, they use their IRS returns to claim “refundable tax credits,” which are a form of cash welfare. In other words, illegal immigrants mainly use the federal income tax code to collect money from U.S. citizens, according to a study by JustFactsDaily.com.

Federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from taking jobs in the U.S., so many of them work for cash “off the books” or fraudulently use Social Security numbers stolen from U.S. citizens. A 2013 report by the Social Security Administration said illegal immigrants typically get Social Security numbers by using counterfeit birth certificates or stealing other people’s numbers.

One of the ways illegal immigrants collect money from the federal government is through an IRS program that gives them “Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers” or ITINs. These numbers are “issued regardless of an individual’s immigration status,” and they allow illegal immigrants and foreign investors to file tax returns without a Social Security number.

Obtaining an ITIN allows illegal immigrants to claim the federal Child Tax Credit, which provides them with a cash benefit of up to $1,000 per child per year. According to the latest IRS data, 72% of all tax returns filed with ITINs in 2010 claimed child tax credits to receive cash payments from the federal government.

The data shows those 72% of ITIN filers paid no income tax and received cash payments through child tax credits. In comparison, only 14% of people who filed regular tax returns with a Social Security number instead of an ITIN paid no income tax and received these payments.

JustFactsDaily.com reports that “in 2010, ITIN filers paid a total of $0.9 billion in income taxes and received cash payments of $4.9 billion. In other words, ITIN filers received 5.4 times more cash than they paid in income taxes. Most of this cash—$4.0 billion of it—came through child tax credits.

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Jun 27

Washington Times: End DACA

The Washington Times in an editorial called on the Trump Administration to end the DACA amnesty for illegal aliens decreed under the Obama Administration. It affirmed that this program, which allows a class of illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. and receive work permits.

The DACA amnesty reflects, said the Times, “Obama’s willful disregard for our system of separation of powers. When Congress failed to move forward with President Obama’s amnesty agenda, Obama took the extraordinary measure of saying his administration would not enforce the deportation laws on the books. Never mind that the U.S. Constitution charges the executive branch with the chief responsibility of enforcing the laws.”

Read more at washingtontimes.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.aicfoundation.com/washington-times-end-daca/

Jun 26

Supreme Court Lifts Travel Ban Injunction

The Supreme Court removed lower court injunctions on most of the Trump Administration’s travel ban on people from terrorist-linked countries, while stating that it would consider the broader constitutional issues of the ban in the fall.

In lifting the injunctions, the Court stated that “An American individual or entity that has a bona fide relationship with a particular person seeking to enter the country as a refugee can legitimately claim concrete hardship if that person is excluded. As to these individuals and entities, we do not disturb the injunction. But when it comes to refugees who lack any such connection to the United States . . . the balance tips in favor of the government’s compelling need to provide for the nation’s security.”

Read more at foxnews.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.aicfoundation.com/supreme-court-lifts-travel-ban-injunction/

Jun 26

Illegal Aliens Collect Billions in Tax Benefits

Federal government data shows that while roughly half of illegal immigrants file federal tax returns, the vast majority of them don’t pay any federal income taxes at all. Instead, they use their IRS returns to claim “refundable tax credits,” which are a form of cash welfare. In other words, illegal immigrants mainly use the federal income tax code to collect money from U.S. citizens, according to a study by JustFactsDaily.com.

Federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from taking jobs in the U.S., so many of them work for cash “off the books” or fraudulently use Social Security numbers stolen from U.S. citizens. A 2013 report by the Social Security Administration said illegal immigrants typically get Social Security numbers by using counterfeit birth certificates or stealing other people’s numbers.

One of the ways illegal immigrants collect money from the federal government is  through an IRS program that gives them “Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers” or ITINs. These numbers are “issued regardless of an individual’s immigration status,” and they allow illegal immigrants and foreign investors to file tax returns without a Social Security number.

Obtaining an ITIN allows illegal immigrants to claim the federal Child Tax Credit, which provides them with a cash benefit of up to $1,000 per child per year. According to the latest IRS data, 72% of all tax returns filed with ITINs in 2010 claimed child tax credits to receive cash payments from the federal government.

The data shows those 72% of ITIN filers paid no income tax and received cash payments through child tax credits. In comparison, only 14% of people who filed regular tax returns with a Social Security number instead of an ITIN paid no income tax and received these payments.

JustFactsDaily.com reports that “in 2010, ITIN filers paid a total of $0.9 billion in income taxes and received cash payments of $4.9 billion. In other words, ITIN filers received 5.4 times more cash than they paid in income taxes. Most of this cash—$4.0 billion of it—came through child tax credits.

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Jun 23

OPT Encourages Foreign Hiring

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program encourages U.S. companies to hire foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges, by giving them work permits which extend for as long as three years. Companies don’t have to interview Americans before hiring OPT applicants, and they receive a tax break for participating in the program. Its use has significantly increased in recent years. Last year it had 329,158 foreign job seekers participating, up from 91,140 in 2016.

Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, expressed strong criticism of OPT, saying that “The government is enticing employers to hire foreigners instead of Americans . . .  it is ridiculous. Even the middle-class Americans who have downplayed the impact of cheap-labor immigration on blue-collar Americans should be alarmed by the government’s discrimination against their own college-graduate children.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.aicfoundation.com/opt-encourages-foreign-hiring/

Jun 22

Refugees Cost More Than They Pay

More Misinformation from the Media:

Refugees have been at the center of a political maelstrom, accused of everything from terrorism to being a drain on taxpayers – prompting President Trump, in one of his first official acts, to suspend the country’s four-decade old refugee resettlement program. But a new study shows that refugees end up paying more in taxes than they receive in welfare benefits after just eight years of living in this country. – These Researchers Just Debunked an All-Too-Common Belief About Refugees, The Washington Post, Tracy Jan, 6/13/17. [Link]

Fact Check: President Trump did not suspend the refugee resettlement program. He simply proposed to lower the annual total number of refugees accepted per year, and to delay the arrival of refugees from countries linked to terrorism until they can be properly vetted.

The study mentioned was a “working paper” by Notre Dame economists William Evans and Daniel Fitzgerald. They maintain that over a period of 20 years refugees pay more $21,000 more in taxes to all levels of government than they receive in public benefits.

Jason Richwine, an analyst writing for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), has written a paper rebutting this conclusion. He outlines four significant flaws in the economists’ study.

The first is that they only consider six social programs to determine refugees’ usage of public benefits, cash welfare, SSI, Social Security, food stamps, Medicare, and Medicaid. Richwine notes that they omit a number of public costs such as housing, infrastructure, education, and law enforcement.

Secord, the researchers use the American Community Survey (ACS) to determine the costs of the social programs it considers. But the ACS seriously undercounts the usage of those programs. For example, Administrative data show that 22 million households were using food stamps in 2012, compared with less than 16 million reported by the ACS.

Third, the researchers do not include most of the public benefits for the children of refugees. “When refugees cannot afford to provide food, housing, or medical care for their children,” he notes, “taxpayers foot the bill.”

Fourth, the study only covered refugees between the ages of 18 to 65. But it is after age 65 when refugees (as well as everyone else) begin to draw on the expensive retirement programs of Medicare and Social Security.

Richwine notes that it is taxpayers in the higher income brackets who typically pay more in taxes than they use in tax-paid services. Most refugees are lower-income people. Consequently, he maintains, it is “simply implausible” that refugees give more than they take.

 

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Jun 21

Immigrants Take Jobs from U.S. Teens

In the summer of 1978 60 percent of U.S. teenagers were either employed or seeking employment. Last summer the percentage was 35 percent. One reason for the decline is immigration. A study by the Federal Reserve’s board of governors stated that “the increase in population of less educated immigrants has had a considerably more negative effect on employment outcomes of for native youth than for natives adults.” Studies have shown that teen employment greatly contributes to successful adult employment.

Read more at freebeacon.com.

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Jun 21

Europe’s Elites Seem Determined to Commit Suicide by ‘Diversity’

Douglas Murray, in an opinion piece in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal, looks at the suicidal open borders policies of European elites.  Some excerpts:

Why did Europe decide it could take in the poor and dispossessed of the world?  Why did we decide that anybody in the world fleeing war, or just seeking a better life, could come to Europe and call it home?

Over recent decades Europe has made a hasty effort to redefine itself.  As the world came in, we became wedded to “diversity.” As terrorism grew and more migrants arrived, public opinion in Europe began to harden.  Today “more diversity” remains the cry of the elites, who insist that if the public doesn’t like it yet, it is because they haven’t had enough of it.

The migration policies of the political and other elites of Europe suggest that they are suicidal.  The interesting thing to watch in the years ahead will be whether the publics join them in their pact.  I wouldn’t bet on it.

Read more here:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/europes-elites-seem-determined-to-commit-suicide-by-diversity-1497821665

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Jun 20

EU Tries to Force Migration

The European Union is trying to force three member states in Eastern Europe, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, to accept quotas of migrants, many them Muslims from the Middle East and Africa. The countries say they will not comply with this demand, even if they face EU sanctions. Victor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary, stated that “We will not give in to black mail from Brussels. We reject the relocation quota.”

Read more at telegraph.co.uk.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.aicfoundation.com/eu-ties-to-force-migration/

Jun 19

Camp of the Saints — lOO Million Africans Could Head to Europe

German Development Minister Gerd Muller warned Sunday that up to 100 million Africans could head north as economic and climate refugees.  The German government’s answer to this existential threat is spending more money fighting global warming and massive investments in Africa.

“If we continue as before, people in many parts of Africa have no other choice than to get to us,” Muller told German tabloid Bild am Sonntag.  “If we do not manage to limit global warming to two degrees, up to 100 million people will move north in the future.”

Read more here:  http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/18/germany-says-100-million-african-refugees-could-head-north/

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