Some Republicans are indicating they are willing to consider voting for unemployment-benefit extensions under certain conditions. The conditions include eliminating the IRS-granted child tax credit refunds for undocumented immigrants.
The unemployment-benefit extension was voted on successfully by the Democratic-controlled Senate but faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled house. Most Republican feel extending unemployment benefits would increase the deficit.
According to Watchdog.org the IRS determined that an undocumented status or illegal residency does not preclude them from paying child tax-credit refunds, as long as the undocumented immigrant has obtained an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Republicans believe eliminating this IRS benefit would save taxpayers $27 billion.
The key carrot certain Republicans want so that they can allow unemployed Americans additional unemployment benefits is a delay in Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates for one year.
Since everyone knows this is not going to happen it is unlikely child tax credits for undocumented immigrants is going anywhere.
An estimated 1.3 million Americans have used up the standard 26 weeks of unemployment as of last December and will not be receiving an extension in their unemployment benefits.