Some conservatives are opposing the bipartisan child tax credit legislation by saying it doesn’t do enough to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving the benefit, presenting an obstacle to its passage in the House.
While there is broad support for the bill, some cracks have started to form. Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), an influential member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, went as far as to say Friday that allowing illegal immigrants to receive the child tax credit “should be a red line” for lawmakers.
The legislation in question would broaden the child tax credit but would not change policy related to eligibility by immigrants. It maintains the status quo that Republicans agreed to as part of the 2017 Trump tax cuts, which Perry and other conservative members