Republicans have finally reached an internal agreement on what they consider important to include in a new relief bill. Conversations with Democrats must begin now. What is one of the groups on which both parties must agree to give a direct payment (or not) and which seems to be having more defenders among the GOP?
In June, a pair of Republican senators presented a proposal to extend the stimulus package to nearly two million Americans who were excluded from the CARES Act because they are married to immigrants without legal status.
GOP Senators Marco Rubio (Florida) and Thom Tillis (North Carolina) started this movement that is growing among their colleagues and is now supported by Republican businessmen. What does it consist of?
1. The problem
Last March, by order of the White House, 1.7 million Americans were excluded from the CARES Act and although the Government declined to comment, the president made public his refusal to provide funds to undocumented immigrants. This ended up affecting their American couples, as well as their U.S.-born children
There are at least three lawsuits in court for these people to receive the funds via check, card, or deposit, but none has so far flourished.
2. The Republican proposal
The Rubio and Tillis project does not provide funds to undocumented immigrants, but it does make their US-born or naturalized partners eligible.
"Senator Rubio believes that no American should be denied a federal stimulus package because they are married to someone who is not a US citizen," a Rubio spokeswoman told The Hill.
It is unclear how financial aid for children will be integrated into the new stimulus package, but Republican groups that join in supporting mixed families consider that the 3.7 million children of undocumented immigrants, born in the United States, should be included.
3. The Democratic Plan
In their HEROES Act passed in the House in May, Democrats approved that anyone paying taxes could receive the $1,200 direct payment, including immigrants without legal status, because the Social Security number requirement was withdrawn.
The exclusion of these people from receiving aid could affect President Trump and the Republicans in the elections, something that different groups are warning.
"For American citizens to be treated unevenly once again in difficult times is mean and illogical," Al Cárdenas, president of the American Business Immigration Coalition and former chairman of the Republican Party in Florida, told The Hill.
Added to this trend are the Libre Initiative and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops whose members are putting pressure on Republican leaders in the Senate.