Friday, February 3, 2012

Children are not a Revenue Source
Tell Congress to Protect the Child Tax Credit

Negotiations are currently underway to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits for long-term unemployed workers -- an important measure to protect American families and to prevent the recovery from stalling out.

However, one proposed “pay-for” in this debate will directly attack low-income, immigrant children. This proposal would restrict eligibility for the Child Tax Credit, denying the credit to nearly 5 million children in low-income, tax-paying immigrant families.

The Child Tax Credit's purpose is to reduce child poverty - in 2009 alone, the CTC kept 1.3 million children out of poverty. Making eligibility changes to this valuable program would take money away from many poor immigrant families - thus undermining the CTC's central purpose of poverty reduction.

Click here to tell Congress that children are not a "pay-for."