Press Release

McHenry Introduces No Free Rides Act

Bill would block illgal immigrants from using Earned Income Tax Credit

Washington, March 4, 2015 | Jeff Butler (202-225-2576)

Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) introduced H.R. 1249, the No Free Rides Act.  H.R. 1249 would prohibit illegal aliens who have received Social Security numbers through President Obama's deferred prosecution of illegal immigrants from using the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Under President Obama's executive actions on immigration illegal immigrants who qualify for the program are eligible to receive Social Security numbers.  Illegal immigrants who have Social Security numbers and meet certain other criteria would qualify for the EITC.

"President Obama's immigration action giving millions of illegal immigrants Social Security numbers marked an unprecedented executive overreach," said Congressman McHenry.  "Now we learn that these same people, whose first act on American soil was breaking our laws, might be eligible for up to $24,000 in tax credits via the EITC.  This is simply unacceptable.  By introducing the No Free Rides Act we ensure these illegal immigrants will not receive any more benefits intended to help American families."

The Earned Income Tax Credit allows low and moderate income families to reduce their payroll and income tax burdens leaving more money in their pockets via either lower rates or a tax refund.  Historically citizenship or legal status were not deciding factors on eligibility for the EITC as only those with Social Security numbers would be eligible for the credit.  President Obama's November 2014 immigration executive action allows illegal immigrants who qualify for the deferred prosecution to receive work permits and Social Security numbers.  

Further information on illegal immigrants potentially receiving money through the EITC can be found here.