Firebrand socialist democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expressed outrage that illegal aliens were not included in the emergency benefits of the bipartisan bill meant to relieve the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
She went on in a second tweet to claim that the Republicans were holding people hostage.
"What Trump [and] Senate GOP have done is hold hospitals, working people, and the vulnerable hostage so they could get in $500 billion (that will be leveraged into $4T) in corporate welfare.
Studies show that illegal aliens pay as much as $13.6 billion in federal taxes, and about $12 billion in social security taxes through payroll deductions.
Many illegal aliens choose to pay taxes as a consequence of the chance to work at all in the U.S., while others do so in hopes of securing legal residence later.