No question about it, the US Government hates the #FBAR Marriage: "Trump, other U.S. govt officials sued over CARES Act payments being denied to Americans whose spouses lack SS#s" https://t.co/31q5ENAQ43
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) April 29, 2020
Continuing to chronicle the life and times of the FBAR Marriage. In my last post I noted that Homelanders were about to learn why Americans abroad have known for years. Specifically that, the United States doesn’t like it when a US citizen marries an alien. Admittedly, a marriage between a US citizen and a resident alien is far less offensive than a marriage between a US citizen and a nonresident alien (the latter providing significant opportunities for tax evasion). There is no mistake. Congress continues to take steps to punish those who marry noncitizens. The latest attack has been the denial of CARES Act benefits to those who file jointly with an alien spouse who has no Social Security Number.
Americans abroad may be happy to accept this unfairness. But, apparently certain Homelanders are not. As reported by Helen Burggraf at American Expat Finance, the Trump administration is on the receiving end of lawsuits.
Two lawsuits were filed in the U.S. on Friday against President Trump and other key U.S. government officials over the denial to certain American taxpayers of their right to receive CARES Act “Economic Impact Payments” because they are married to non-American citizens who, though taxpayers, don’t have Social Security numbers
A third lawsuit, being brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on behalf of six American citizens who say they were denied the payments for the same reason, was filed on Tuesday, April 28, against the federal government in a Maryland court, according to an Associated Press report.
One of the Friday lawsuits was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (in Chicago, pictured above) by Blaise & Nitschke, P.C., which is alleging that these American taxpayers’ civil rights are being violated, and which is demanding that the U.S. government “declare their rightful entitlements under the CARES Act, and afford them the equal protection of our country’s laws”, according to a summary of the lawsuit posted on the firm’s website.
Accompanying Blaise & Nitschke in bringing the suit, on behalf of “plaintiff John Doe, individually and on behalf of the proposed class”, is Khalaf & Abuzir, LLC, which specializes in immigration law. The named defendants are Trump (“in his official capacity as president of the United States”); CARES Act sponsor and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell; and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.