Little by little, the details of the new relief bill proposal of the republicans are becoming known. What does the HEALS Act say about Americans who are married to immigrants with no legal status?
Despite a tendency within Republican congressmen to include undocumented American couples and their US-born children in the new stimulus package, the plan agreed with the White House rules out giving the $ 1,200 to nearly two million people.
The same omission, which occurred last March with the CARES Law, led to demands that have not yet had a concrete response. This is why Democrats, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (California) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (New York), sought to amend the gap in the HEROES Act, which provides for spouses of undocumented immigrants and their American children.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) not only dismissed the Democratic proposal, but he also rejected the request of his colleagues Marco Rubio (Florida) and Thom Tillis (North Carolina) to grant the right to those families.
The American Coalition of Pro-Immigration Companies (APIC) pushed for the inclusion of these Americans, but they were also not heard and are now demanding Republican senators in their respective states John Cornyn (Texas), Rick Scott (Florida) Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), Cory Gardner (Colorado) and Martha McSally (Arizona) to push for the benefit.
The new stimulus plan practically copies the conditions of the CARES Law, establishing that only taxpayers with a Social Security number can apply for the benefit that will be distributed by the Treasury Department.
It remains to be seen what will happen during debates between both parties as they outline a final relief bill together.