Ilhan Omar wants further relief packages to include money for non-citizens

Moments ago, Ilhan Omar tweeted:

It is absurd and cruel that a taxpaying family with mixed immigration status could be excluded from this relief during this pandemic. Today I introduced a bill and led a letter to address this major error. All Americans need our help right now.

CBS reports Rep. Ilhan Omar is pushing to make sure the pandemic relief checks go to Americans in mixed-status families.

According to the Democratic lawmaker’s office, the current stimulus package would not send a $1,200 stimulus check to Americans who filed taxes jointly with someone who does not have a social security number.

“Over 140,000 Minnesotans live in mixed status families of some form,” Omar said, in a statement. “As currently written, many Minnesotans who are in this country legally or part of a mixed status family will not receive any stimulus money, even if one of them has a social security number but the other does not.”

To fix this, Omar introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow mixed families to get relief checks by expanding a special exception for the military.

Meanwhile, Omar, who represents Minnesota’s 5th District, is urging that any further relief packages include money for noncitizens.