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Trump is sued for denying stimulus checks to Americans married to immigrants

The President of the United States is sued for denying stimulus checks to nearly 1.2 million American citizens that are married to immigrants.

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Trump is sued for denying stimulus checks to Americans married to immigrants

President Donald Trump was sued over a provision of the coronavirus relief package that could deny $1,200 stimulus checks to more than 1 million Americans married to immigrants without Social Security Numbers.

The $2 billion Cares Act, approved by Congress last month, provides $1,200 payments to U.S. taxpayers who earn as much as $75,000, plus $500 for each child. But to be eligible, both spouses in families that file joint tax returns must have Social Security numbers unless one of them is a member of the military.

The suit was filed last Friday by an Illinois man using the pseudonym John Doe, who seeks to represent all others in his position. Doe claims a carve-out in the relief package discriminates against him “based solely on whom he chose to marry.”

Mr. Trump and the other defendants have failed "to treat him as equal to his fellow United States citizens based solely on whom he chose to marry," the lawsuit alleges. John Doe "has lawfully filed taxes in the United States, yet he is being denied the rights and privileges under the CARES Act."

Doe says he is married to an immigrant who pays taxes and files tax returns with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which is issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

The suit names Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Acting Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. The three authorized the exclusion and in doing so have failed to treat John Doe “as equal to his fellow United States citizens,” according to the lawsuit.