Nearly every year, members of Congress attempt to end the refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) for workers who pay their taxes using an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security number (SSN). This cut would affect workers who are ineligible for an SSN and therefore pay taxes to the federal government using the only means legally permitted—the ITIN. The CTC, as well as the refundable portion (the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC) were enacted to help struggling families financially care for their children. The CTC has proven successful in preventing millions of children from sinking further into poverty.
Last month, during the Congressional recess, we made thousands of phone calls and petitions to our congressional representatives, packed town halls, and held hundreds of events all over the country to demand that our leaders act on immigration reform. It’s time once more to have a conversation about what’s going on with immigration reform. We discuss the “state of play” in Congress, the so-called “SAFE” Act, the Legal Workforce Act, and other proposed immigration legislation that’s pending in the House of Representatives.
A House immigration measure inappropriately labeled the “S.A.F.E. Act” would actually diminish public safety and make law enforcement officers’ jobs more difficult, according to national law enforcement groups, current and former police chiefs and sheriffs from all corners of the country. Police chiefs from Dayton, OH, Salt Lake City, UT, Ft. Worth, TX, and the district attorney of the city and county of San Francisco, CA discuss with the news media their opposition to this bill and explain how this unfunded mandate would stretch limited public safety resources and damage community trust in local law enforcement agencies.
On June 27th, the Senate passed the most comprehensive immigration legislation in a quarter century. The Senate responded to the incredible political power Latinos, Asian Americans, and immigrants have built over the last few years and demonstrated last November. This call discusses our take on this bill, and what might come from the House of Representatives.
Immigration reform efforts have kicked into high gear. Stay updated on how immigration reform proposals would affect low-income immigrant families. As of June 14, a total of 105 amendments to the bill had been filed. Many of these amendments would weaken the bill’s core provisions by creating additional barriers to legalization, demanding more border and interior enforcement, weakening protections for workers, and denying access to public benefits for legalizing immigrants.
What can we expect next from the Senate and the House of Representatives? What are the main issues regarding workers’ rights, detentions and deportations, health, and public benefits that we expect to come up? What can people in the field do to ensure that we have an inclusive, progressive bill?
It took the bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” several months to create the 844-page bill that, if enacted, would finally bring our immigration laws in line with our societal and economic needs. We’ve combed through the bill and created a summary and analysis that explains how low-income immigrants and their families would be impacted by this legislation.
As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins work on commonsense immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, national immigration advocates will detail proposed roadblocks that stand in the way for hundreds of thousands of immigrants.