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Additional Child Tax Credit Vote Could Harm One Million Undocumented Youth

February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the Senate is expected to vote on an amendment proposed by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).

The amendment would deny the refundable Child Tax Credit to 1 million undocumented youth.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding today’s vote:

“This amendment targets the most vulnerable among us — young, undocumented children from low-income families.

“If we are to realize any immigration changes this year, they must be compassionate and broad efforts to better the lives of all who call our nation home, strengthen our economy and live up to our history as a nation of immigrants.

“Today’s amendment does none of those things. Rather, it’s a punitive measure that could endanger close to 1 million immigrant children.

“At its most basic level, our movement is about the future, and the children this amendment would harm are an important part of that future.”

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