Kali Pliego is an American citizen who was born and raised in Rochester, MN, and now lives in Minneapolis where she and her husband are raising a 3 year old son. Kali has a background in community development that she puts to use in her current professional role.
Despite her commitment to uplifting her community, she was denied the stimulus payment simply because she filed her taxes with her husband, who is an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) holder.
Please support Kali’s right to equal treatment under the law by urging her Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like her.
To Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Tina Smith, Representative Ilhan Omar:
Kali Pliego is a constituent of yours, born and raised in Minnesota.
Kali filed her taxes with her husband, who is an ITIN holder. Because of that, a clause in the CARES Act prevented her from receiving a stimulus check. This is wrong.
We, the undersigned, support Kali, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.
Tell the Senate: equal treatment for US citizen spouses in immigration reform
US Citizens are the most neglected constituency in our debate over immigration reform. Currently proposed legislation for other classes of immigrants includes waivers or exemptions that are not available to US citizens spouses. This petition asks for equal treatment for US citizen spouses. Please sign this petition to help!
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To the United States Senate,
The highest priority for legal immigration includes Americans' spouses and children. That isn’t an opinion. Here’s how it works: while there are exceptions, the rule that distinguishes legal immigrants from illegal immigration is that legal immigrants are invited – by Americans.
The only numerically unlimited category includes the spouses of US citizens. It is our right as Americans to marry for love without being forced to choose between marriage and our country.
A failed immigration law passed in 1996 destroyed the balance between the right of a US citizen to sponsor their wife or husband, and immigration offenses that do not rise to the level of crimes. Rather than enact effective steps to stop illegal immigration, Congress persists in pointless cruelty.
Every plan to legalize the undocumented population, including DREAMers, includes 'waivers of inadmissibility'. We want those same waivers to be available to US citizens who sponsor their spouses. Whether it is a narrow 'stepping stones' bill or comprehensive immigration reform, the rights of US citizens must be included.
We want whatever they get.