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signed Stimulus Payment for Ashlee Ramirez 2020-07-28 11:42:06 -0400

Stimulus Payment for Ashlee Ramirez

Ashlee Ramirez is an American citizen working as an ER nurse on the front lines of Cornavirus pandemic.

Despite this, she was denied her Coronavirus relief stimulus payment simply because her husband was waiting for his Social Security number (he has since received it) when they filed their taxes.

Please support Ashlee as she supports America by urging her Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like her.

Press:

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-04-20/u-s-citizens-coronavirus-stimulus-checks-spouses-immigrants

 

 

To Senator Chris Van Hollen, Senator Ben Cardin, Representative Kweisi Mfume:

Ashlee Ramirez is a constituent of yours, an American citizen and a Balitmore ER nurse on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ashlee filed her taxes with her husband, who was an ITIN holder at the time. Because of this, a clause in the CARES Act prevented her from receiving a stimulus check. This is wrong.

To make matters worse, legislation introduced in the Senate, S. 4071, The American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act, which claims to address this problem, would do nothing to help Ashlee. But H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, which has already passed in the House of Representatives, would treat Ashlee like every other American.

We, the undersigned, support Ashlee, and we urge you to support the final passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.

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signed Stimulus Payment for Anastasia Campos 2020-07-28 11:41:27 -0400

Stimulus Payment for Anastasia Campos

Anastasia is an American citizen who was born and raised in California. She was was denied the stimulus payment simply because she filed her taxes with her husband, who is an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) holder.

She formed and administers a facebook group, Mixed Status Families United, that has has attracted over 15,000 members in a few months, and she helped organize and identify plaintiffs for a class action lawsuit  that has raised the profile of the issue.

Please support Anastasia’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.

Video:

https://bit.ly/34VoaTD

Press:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/12-million-americans-stimulus-checks-married-immigrants/story?id=70493620

https://kutv.com/news/coronavirus/will-congress-extend-stimulus-to-immigrants-and-their-citizen-family-members

https://www.telemundo33.com/local/familias-se-quedan-sin-cheque-de-estimulo-economico/1971312/

https://ktla.com/news/u-s-citizen-with-immigrant-spouse-sues-federal-government-over-denial-of-coronavirus-relief-payment/

https://laist.com/2020/04/30/immigrants_ITIN_social_security_number_stimulus_checks_lawsuit_maldef.php?_ga=2.116198406.1826558460.1588289679-856792213.1588289679

https://us.yahoo.com/gma/1-2-million-americans-wont-stimulus-checks-because-093011861--abc-news-topstories.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-citizens-denied-stimulus-checks-immigration-fight-clouds-hopes-11589987702

https://fox40.com/news/political-connection/taxpayers-excluded-from-stimulus-checks-due-to-citizenship-status-say-their-constitutional-rights-are-violated/

Press Conference with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer:

https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/5120-4

To Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Tom McClintock:

Anastasia Campos is a constituent of yours, born and raised in California.

Anastasia 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 Anastasia, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.

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signed Stimulus Payment for Scott Kane 2020-07-28 11:40:47 -0400

Stimulus Payment for Scott Kane

Scott Kane is an American citizen working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a supervisor at a residential center for people with intellectual disabilities, and is proud to be part of the team that has kept their residents, many of them elderly and at high risk, safe.

Scott's wife Virgina is in the Phillipines, where she is from, and they have yet to start the immigration process, due in part to the pandemic.

Virginia does not yet have a Social Security Number. Because of that, a clause in the CARES Act denied Scott his $1,200 stimulus payment. In a cruel twist, Virginia was also excluded from Phillipine COVID-19 financial support because she is married to an American.

Please support Scott's right to equal treatment under the law by urging his Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like him.

To Senator Bob Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, Representative GT Thompson:

Scott Kane is a US citizen and your constituent. His wife Virginia is in the Phillipines and does not have a Social Security Number yet. Because of that Scott did not qualify for the recent stimulus payment. Also, Virginia did not qualify for Philippine benefits because she is married to an American. Scott is an essential worker, caring for people with intellectual disabilities at a state facility. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great hardship for Scott. Because quarantines have resulted in job loss for family members, he has been supporting three households on his one paycheck. The stimulus check would have been a godsend for him.

It is not right that American citizens are being deprived of a benefit because of who they married.

We, the undersigned, support Scott, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.

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signed Stimulus Payment for Kali Pliego 2020-07-28 11:40:24 -0400

Stimulus Payment for Kali Pliego

 

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.

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Stimulus Payment for Jerysse Uzoegwu

Jerysse Uzoegwu is an American citizen. Despite her family's service for the country over several generations, she was denied the stimulus payment simply because she sponsored her husband to become a legal immigrant and filed her taxes with him.

Jerysse is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that has put pressure on legislators to address the issue.

Please support Jerysse's right to equal treatment under the law by urging her Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like Jerysse.

Press:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/apr/28/citizens-cant-get-stimulus-checks-if-their-spouse-/

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/may/01/top-democrats-vow-stimulus-eligibility-for-spouses/

 

To Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers:

Jerysse Uzoegwu is one of your constituents, an American citizen. Her family has sent three generations of soldiers to fight for our freedom in this country. Yet, now, during the global Coronavirus pandemic, this country has denied her a benefit intended to help American citizens. Jerysse is married to a visa holder who is in the process of obtaining a green card. On the advice of an immigration attorney, Jerysse filed a joint tax return with her husband, who used an individual taxpayer identification number. Because of that, a clause in the CARES Act prevented her from receiving a stimulus check. This is wrong.

We, the undersigned, support Jerysse, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.

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