Written By: Anton Sawyer
Immigration and the Last Echos of MAGA
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You are nervous.
For the first time in your life, you have been given the chance at freedom and wealth you have never before experienced. Clutching the ticket in your hand more tightly, because of some underlying fear that everything you've been promised will all be taken away, a sigh exits your lips.
You know you are at the right place. You look around to view a sea of 11 million of your "compadres," all waiting for the same thing. Your emotions spring alive as you hear the distant sound of a horn. More specifically, THE horn. It is the horn attached to the train which is going to take you to America.
President Biden and the Democrats coming into office in January 2020 have promised a lot. Free passage to the United States, a card for lifetime free healthcare, all the food stamps you can carry in your hands, and a certificate of American citizenship—the best part is you don't have to learn any English at all.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Everything that you have just read is in the minds of approximately 25-30 million American adults—and this is low-balling it—as a reality. That this entire scenario is happening in Mexico right now as fact. Facts that are trying to be held under wraps by the entire liberal media of America to this group.
With the recent stimulus bills passed by congress towards injecting money back into the economy, immigration has once returned to its place on the front pages of news outlets across the country. The first instance of this headline-grabbing staple of American politics occurred in 2020 after the CARES Act was passed.
The CARES Act authorized payments for citizens and green card holders, but if they were married to someone without a Social Security number, neither person was allowed to receive a stimulus check. Immigrant advocates began challenging the issue in court.
When you dive into the rabbit hole that is tax-law and governmental allocations, you learn about a little thing called the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
Beginning in 1996 through regulations set forth from the US Department Of Treasury, the ITIN was a way for those who held no legal documentation allowing them to work in the US ... to work in the US.
According to the IRS, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a Social Security number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
And an ITIN does NOT authorize work in the US, provide eligibility for Social Security benefits, or qualify a dependent for Earned Income Tax Credit purposes.
This means that for the past quarter-century all Republican lawmakers, and especially the Presidents, knew there was such a program in America and have done absolutely nothing about it. If you ask why I'm not mentioning all of the Democrats, please go back to the top of this piece and start over.
According to the National Immigration Forum, there are 16.2 million people in families like these. That includes 5.5 million citizens or green card holders who live with at least one relative who is undocumented and uses an individual taxpayer identification number to pay the Internal Revenue Service. Really, since its introduction, the bi-partisan legislation that was the CARES Act is the only time that those who depended on the ITIN had been dealt with in any kind of legal way.
The most recent example of the ITIN coming back into the news was when the $900 billion follow-up relief package was approved in December. It said in a “mixed-status” family, the Social Security cardholder spouse and any children with Social Security numbers would get paid, but not the other non-citizen spouse without the number. The laws also allowed retroactive payment on the $1,200.
The final justification towards recent events illustrating misdirection is in regards to the recent riots in Washington D.C.
Often we have heard the argument that it was Antifa that was bussed in and stormed the US capitol.
This leads to the question, why would they ask Trump for a pardon—knowing full well one would never come? One would think that if the Washington police “escorted Antifa” into the U.S. capital ahead of the January 6 protests, that Trump would have heard about it. His entire administration had made their hatred for the group pretty clear. As former Attorney General Bill Barr called Antifa the "new form of urban guerrilla warfare.” Either those who rioted lack any awareness of the fact that Trump would have heard they were Antifa—and therefore would do nothing—or, they were die-hard Trump supporters.
With quotes from people like Jenna Ryan (a Dallas-area real-estate agent who took a private jet to the Jan. 6 rally and ensuing riot), claiming “I feel like I was basically following my president. I was following what we were called to do. He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there. So I was doing what he asked us to do.” I'm guessing it was actually his minions that fateful January day.
For once, Trump listened to his advisors who urged him against pardoning the rioters.
This has not stopped his "Patriot Party" from pleading that something be done for them, as all they were doing was what their president was telling them to. Quote after quote from the domestic terrorists who stormed the capitol have leaked to the press over the last two weeks. Like Jenna Ryan above, their pleas are filled with fear and anguish at the level of how alone they truly are in this legal battle.
Hopefully, they will learn from this and gain some perspective towards the words uttered by the Never-Trumpers: you didn't matter. You never did.
As someone who did landscaping for a year and was the only person in the company with legal documentation, knowing what is involved in the pathway to citizenship—how incredibly difficult it is, I'm not opposed to the idea at all.
I just want to head off a couple of criticisms off at the pass.
First, are you worried that the illegal immigrants are going to go on public assistance like you are because you work for Walmart?
Second, given that 100% of those who become citizens will know more about the laws and civics of this country than 2/3 of the voting-age population, how can that hurt?
Call me old-fashioned, but minimizing low-information voters at the polls is something I will always insist upon.
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