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DALLAS, TX — Today, the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) along with NILCNYICThe Immigration Hub and Mixed Status Families United, held a webinar to help mixed-status families get answers to questions around the stimulus checks, including who is eligible, how much money can they expect, and how the retroactive checks in the form of a refundable tax rebate will work. Although the bill has not been signed by President Trump, who falsely claimed that “family members of illegal aliens” would receive “far more than the Americans are given” — even though the family members now eligible are Americans and they will receive the same payments as other Americans — we discussed the bill that Congress passed with a veto-proof majority.

According to a poll, more than 80% of Republican voters and more than 90% of all voters support stimulus payments for U.S. citizens in mixed-status families. Excluding this group will cost the economy $2.1 billion in economic activity essential for families, small businesses and communities. That’s why we will continue to work with our partners and bipartisan congressional leaders to ensure ALL U.S. citizens are included in any final bill.

“Trump the Grinch stole presents from children by blowing up a bipartisan consensus before Christmas and denying checks to some 3.5 millions U.S. citizens across the country, including 166,000 US citizens in Georgia. The Trump marriage penalty is economically harmful, morally wrong and politically foolish,” said Rebecca Shi, Executive Director of the American Business Immigration Coalition.

The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances economic competitiveness, provides companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens.