The Senate voted to reject Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) amendment to prevent $1400 stimulus checks from going to undocumented immigrants on Saturday. The amendment failed 50-49 primarily along party lines. All Republicans voted for it.
“This amendment before us today provides that the stimulus checks should not go to illegal aliens in this country. The question for the America people,” said Senator Cruz while introducing his amendment,
“is, should your money, should taxpayer money, be sent, $1400, to every illegal alien in America?”
The Democrats argue this is political theater given that it’s not possible to get a stimulus check without a social security number — and undocumented workers lack social security numbers.
According to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Cruz exaggerated the flow of funds to undocumented workers.
“The statement of the senator from Texas is just plain false,” Durbin said. “False! Let me be clear, undocumented immigrants do not have Social Security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks.”