AOC: Public Schools are Funded by Illegal Aliens Who Pay 'Billions' in Taxes
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushes demands for stimulus checks for illegals
Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is continuing to push for illegal aliens to receive coronavirus stimulus money, this time by claiming that America's public schools are funded using "billions" in taxes paid by illegal aliens.
The New York Democratic lawmaker is rallying against the recently enacted federal coronavirus recovery package.
The relief bill is aimed at helping American citizens and legal immigrants but excludes illegal aliens from receiving payments.
“Yes, undocumented people pay taxes,” AOC claimed during a video interview.
“Undocumented people pay billions of dollars in taxes every year.
"We send our kids to public school on the taxes that undocumented people pay.”
The socialist congresswoman made the remarks during a two-and-a-half-minute video.
During which she discussed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
“So, this administration in the negotiations for this bill, basically said anything for immigrants is a non-starter,” AOC said.
“Undocumented people pay more money in taxes than Amazon or Facebook, or anything combined.
"So yes, I believe that if you pay into this system, you should benefit from this system.
"So there is not cash assistance for the undocumented, you have to have a social security number.”
Rep. @AOC: "Yes, undocumented people pay taxes. Undocumented people pay billions of dollars in taxes every year. We send our kids to public school on the taxes that undocumented people pay." pic.twitter.com/X2BPqYByjc— The Hill (@thehill) April 2, 2020
Numerous studies have shown how high-income earners pay a disproportionate share of federal income taxes, and that income taxes make up nearly half of the federal budget while payroll taxes comprise another third.
The top 10 percent of income earners, according to the Tax Foundation, paid nearly 70 percent of all income taxes in 2016.
Ocasio-Cortez has a long record of advocacy for illegal immigrant rights.
Last summer, Ocasio-Cortez said the United States had a responsibility to accept immigrants because of the country’s destructive influence in the world.
“They are fleeing political persecution. They are fleeing violence.
"They are fleeing social destabilization, which the United States has played a role in. We’ve played a role in it.”
A week earlier, Ocasio-Cortez claimed during an “open borders” town hall that anyone had a right to live in the United States.
“It’s the ability to move and be — it’s the freedom to be, really, is what we’re talking about,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And I think that all people should be free to be here and in our communities.”