Marco Rubio. Paul Ryan. The IRS. Illegal immigration. And fraud to the tune of billions.. Now there’s a combustible mix. Let’s start with the IRS, illegal immigration and fraud. We’ll come back in a minute to Senator Rubio and Congressman Ryan. For those who came in late, a year before the IRS scandals burst onto the scene in early May of 2013, an alert investigative reporter for WTHR-Indianapolis (Channel 13), Bob Segall by name, produced a stunning piece of journalism. Segall’s video report is found here and we will quote from his story for the basics. The tale begins when an Indiana tax preparer, who requests anonymity, comes to Segall to alert the investigative reporter to a major league tax fraud. The bold print for emphasis is mine. “We’re talking about a multi-billion dollar fraud scheme here that’s taking place and no one is talking about it, ” he (the tax preparer) said. The scheme involves illegal immigrants — illegal immigrants who are filing tax returns. How it works The Internal Revenue Service says everyone who is employed in the United States — even those who are working here illegally — must report income and pay taxes. Of course, undocumented workers are not supposed to have a social security number. So for them to pay taxes, the IRS created what’s called an ITIN, an individual taxpayer identification number. A 9-digit ITIN number issued by the IRS provides both resident and nonresident aliens with a unique identification number that allows them to file tax returns. While that may have seemed like a good idea, it’s now backfiring in a big way. Each spring, at tax preparation offices all across the nation, many illegal immigrants are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of a tax loophole, using their ITIN numbers to get huge refunds from the IRS. The loophole is called the Additional Child Tax Credit. It’s a fully-refundable credit of up to $1000 per child, and it’s meant to help working families who have children living at home.
Via Daily Caller: On Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC, moderator Jon Karl asked junior Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio whether or not he would support the immigration reform proposal he had been deeply involved with if did not include tougher border security elements. Rubio refused to answer question directly, saying he would not get involved
Rubio Refuses To Say If He Would Support His Own Bill
… we’re laughing at you! Everyone across the blogosphere is having fun with this, so why not us too? I am beginning to believe the last “smart Bush” was Prescott Bush, Jeb’s grandfather and Hitler’s bestest buddy. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) argued Wednesday that the United States should pass immigration reform because the
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Jeb, We’re Not Laughing with You …
Daily Caller: In paid ads, and in just about every TV or radio interview, Rubio can be heard to utter the words, “Our current immigration system is a disaster. What we have now is de facto amnesty.” In other words, by not granting amnesty to illegal aliens, we are granting them amnesty, according to the convoluted logic of Florida’s Republican senator. But Rubio is not the only practitioner of Orwellian amnesty doublespeak in the Republican ranks. A small sampling of what some other prominent Republicans have had to say on the topic recently bears that out: “[T]he status quo isn’t working — it’s de facto amnesty.” ~ Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) “Millions here illegally have de facto amnesty.” ~ Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) “I’ve got a news flash for those who want to call people names on amnesty. What we have now is de facto amnesty.” ~ Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “What we have right now is de facto amnesty — meaning there are currently 11 million immigrants living undocumented and without legal status in the United States.” ~ Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) A cynic might even get the idea that somewhere on Capitol Hill there is a Republican talking points memo on amnesty floating around — or at least a de facto memo. And what a talking point it is! There is this horrible situation where all these people who came here illegally are being treated as if they were legal. So . . . let’s make them legal. That way, at least we can collect a tiny fine from them give them welfare, deincentivize them to work, and let them start voting for Democrats! I find myself increasingly convinced by this compelling talking point! How about you?
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The New Talking Point: Lack of Amnesty Is “De Facto Amnesty”