Liberals accused Sen. Rand Paul of referring to illegal immigrants as “non-people” during a Wednesday speech on the Senate floor.
Paul was advocating for an amendment which would offset some of the spending costs associated with a $104 billion coronavirus relief package, which cleared the Senate on Wednesday.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 18, 2020
Alongside other measures, the Kentucky Republican proposed making people without Social Security Numbers ineligible to receive the child tax credit.
“If you want to apply for money from the government through the child tax credit program, then you have to be a legitimate person,” the Kentucky Republican said.
“It has nothing to do with not liking immigrants. It has to do with saying, taxpayer money shouldn’t go to non-people.”
Liberals on social media assumed Paul was referring to immigrants.
Rand Paul, arguing for denying child tax credits to undocumented immigrants, called them “non people” on the Senate floor today https://t.co/kZ5OaeYt4q
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 18, 2020
And some were outraged:
Rand Paul just called immigrants without social security numbers "non-people" on the floor of the Senate.
Holy fuck. I can't. Omg.
— Dara Does Deep State ⚖️ (@daralynn13) March 18, 2020
“You are not fit to serve the United States public. You serve in disgrace, Senactor Paul,” tweeted progressive activist Brooke Evans.
Paul’s office told The Daily Beast that when he “spoke of ‘non-people’ he was referring to literally fraudulent practices where individuals claim children that don’t exist or children they don’t have, but their tax credits increase due to this fraudulent practice… this has nothing to do with undocumented immigrants.”