The way that the American political system is set up, there is plenty of room for partisan leverage which, when left uncontested, can lead to a great stagnation here in the world’s greatest nation.
No matter the size of the event or the threat, someone within the politi-sphere will find a way to exploit the results in order to move their personal political ethos forward. Even a global pandemic, such as the COVID-19 event we are currently experiencing, is fodder for their games.
This week, the most ridiculous bit of left v. right bickering that we saw came unsurprisingly from House Rep. Ilhan Omar – a member of the ultra-radical leftist clique known as “The Squad”.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would extend cash benefits from the latest emergency coronavirus relief measure to members of “mixed status” families and stressed that the next stage of relief must extend cash payments to non-citizens.
An individual must have a Social Security number to receive the cash benefit portion provided in the CARES Act — a requirement that has been met with heavy criticism from several members of the Democrat Party, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Her fellow “Squad” member agrees, with her press release lamenting that the bill “leaves out many noncitizens and mixed status families—even if members of the family are citizens.”
Here’s how Omar got involved:
As a result, Omar introduced the Recovery Rebates Improvement Act which “fixes the major error by expanding the special rule for the military in the CARES Act.” However, Omar also called for comprehensive legislation in the next relief package to “ensure that all noncitizens, whether holding a SSN or not, can access these relief payments.”
“It is absurd and cruel that a taxpaying, mixed status couple or family could be excluded from this relief,” Omar said in a statement.
“Over 140,000 Minnesotans live in mixed status families of some form. As currently written, many Minnesotans who are in this country legally or part of a mixed status family will not receive any stimulus money, even if one of them has a social security number but the other does not,” she explained…
This certainly won’t sit will with the GOP, who have been working for years to curb illegal immigration by eliminating the financial loopholes and benefits that are enjoyed by those who circumvent the legal naturalization process.