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Lawsuit filed against Trump over stimulus checks denied to those married to immigrants

The Trump administration is facing a lawsuit filed Friday over a provision in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that denies stimulus checks to more than 1 million U.S. citizens married to undocumented immigrants.

The plaintiff is a man using the pseudonym John Doe who claims the administration is discriminating against him “based solely on whom he chose to marry.” The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Chicago, cites a Migration Policy Institute report that estimates 1.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the country are married to U.S. citizens. 

The bill distributes stimulus checks through the IRS. Most people who have filed taxes in the U.S. and have Social Security numbers are eligible to receive a stimulus check.

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However, in order to qualify under a provision implemented by the Trump administration, both spouses in families that file joint tax returns must have Social Security numbers, unless one of them is a member of the military.

John Doe, who is a U.S. citizen, claims that his wife pays taxes with a Taxpayer Identification Number, which is issued by the IRS.

The litigants claim that Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week Masks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' MORE (R-Ky.) did not treat John Doe "as equal to his fellow United States citizens."