Donald Trump and his administration are fighting, scratching, and scamming in every way possible to figure out how to force American to waste money on a wall that will never do what Republicans think it will do.
Nevertheless, Republicans are trying to figure out how to pay for it, but have no fear, America; Chief Racist/Attorney General Jeff Sessions has the solution.
“We’re going to get paid for it one way or the other,” Sessions said on ABC’s This Week. “I know there’s $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury’s own inspector general several years ago, that are going to payments to people — tax credits that they shouldn’t get.”
“Now, these are mostly Mexicans,” he continued. “And those kind of things add up — $4 billion a year for 10 years is $40 billion. There are a lot of ways we can find money to help pay for this.”
Not only is this racist, it’s ignorant. That report Sessions is referencing actually makes no mention of Mexicans whatsoever.
Sessions appears to be referencing a 2011 audit report Trump also cited while campaigning. As Politifact explains, the report said that in 2011, $4.2 billion in child tax credits was paid to people filing income taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security number. Some of these filers are illegal immigrants, but many are legal foreign workers, and the audit did not say how many are Mexican.
“The vast majority of that $4.2 billion, the filer may be undocumented, but you have to have a child to receive it,” said Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “And the children are overwhelmingly U.S. citizens.”
These children are Americans. But, this administration doesn’t believe they’re “real Americans.” This is a shameful, disgusting group of people we have running our country right now.