IRS told not to check work status
So-called "anchor babies" are costing American taxpayers billions dollars each year.
Senate Republicans are furious that under the Obama administration, undocumented workers continue to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit to the tune of four billion last year, seven this year.
ALIPAC's William Gheen this is just small portion of the illegal immigrant's cost to taxpayers.
"Over $100 billion of depleted, lost or degraded taxpayer resources per year, which is bigger than Hurricane Katrina," says Gheen. "It’s the type of financial hurricane that happens every year and gets bigger every year."
Senate Republicans want the practice to stop, but Gheen calls it a top-down order which the White House is trying to extend.
"We've received reports the IRS has been ordered not to question, thwart or stop illegal immigrants from collecting these tax rebates," he says.
Ed Walz at First Focus Campaign for Children argues innocent children are under attack.
"The Child Tax Credit, including the refundable Additional Child Tax Credit, protects more than one million kids from poverty each year," says Walz.
"It seems that some politicians want to pick on kids," he says. "Especially when 1 in 5 kids nationwide and closer to 1 in 4 in Texas live in poverty, it seems these folks ought to pick on someone their own size."
Critics want to make it illegal for anyone without a Social Security card to collect these types of tax credits.