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Some Spouses Of Immigrants Are Being Denied Pandemic Relief Checks In California

President Trump's signature appears on letters announcing the recipient will receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $1,200 per person, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (Libby Denkmann for LAist)
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Millions of American taxpayers are getting government stimulus checks of up to $1,200 per person.

But some U.S. citizens are being denied the money, because they’re married to immigrants who lack a Social Security number. A new lawsuit from the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund seeks to change that.

The group filed a federal suit this week challenging the Trump Administration’s policy of denying the benefit to citizens who file their taxes jointly as a married couple, with a spouse who uses an Individual Tax Identification Number, or ITIN.

The group argues that the current policy violates the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and free speech.

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