Urgent Action Needed: Don’t let your senators take the Child Tax Credit away from immigrant children!

As you know, refundable tax credits are one of the best tools we have to help us achieve our goal of cutting poverty in half in 10 years. In fact, last year the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and Child Tax Credit, or CTC, kept more than 10 million people—including 5.3 million children—out of poverty.

But with child poverty at a 20-year high, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) has just introduced an amendment that would deny the Child Tax Credit to immigrant children who do not have a Social Security number, or SSN, hurting millions of children and the nation as whole.

The proposed cut targets low-income immigrant families who work and pay their taxes using an Individual Tax Identification Number, or ITIN, because they are ineligible for a SSN.

The Senate may vote on this amendment as early as today. Call your senators now and enter your zip code below to tell them to oppose the Ayotte amendment and any changes that would deny the refundable Child Tax Credit to low-income immigrant children. Call toll free: 1-888-853-7037.

ITIN taxpayers pay more than $9 billion in payroll taxes every year. More than 50 percent of the families who benefit from the CTC earn less than $20,000 per year, and more than 75 percent earn less than $30,000.

Eliminating the CTC will take an average of $1,800 away annually from these low-wage, working families, affecting literally millions of children. These are resources that are needed to pay for basics such as groceries, utility bills, or child care.

And here’s the kicker: Sen. Ayotte is proposing the CTC cut as a way to pay for veterans’ pensions benefits. As our friend Sister Simone writes in a Roll Call op-ed, “Our political leaders should never place poor children in a position of competing with other vulnerable populations for funds that help pay for food and other basic needs.”

Please call toll free 1-888-853-7037 and enter your zip code below. Tell your senators to vote against Sen. Ayotte’s harmful amendment that would deny the Child Tax Credit to low-income immigrant children.

There are moments when we have to stop doing what we are doing and take action. This is one of those moments.