Bill would prevent illegal immigrants from using tax credit

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Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) unveiled a bill this week that would prevent illegal immigrants from qualifying for the earned income tax credit.

Conservatives have been warning of "amnesty bonuses" for illegal immigrants who are shielded from deportation through President Obama's executive actions. Illegal immigrants eligible for the delayed deportation programs through the executive actions would receive Social Security numbers and could therefore qualify for the earned income tax credit (EITC).

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Therefore, it is possible for some immigrants who have obtained work permits through the program could receive thousands of dollars in tax credits if they file tax returns. 

The measure offered by McHenry, the chief deputy House majority whip, is titled the "No Free Rides Act."

"This is simply unacceptable. By introducing the No Free Rides Act we ensure these illegal immigrants will not receive any more benefits intended to help American families," McHenry said in a statement.

Families with three or more children could receive maximum tax credits of $24,000 over four years in certain circumstances. But individuals who qualify for the EITC are more likely to receive smaller amounts.