Picture credit - A combo photo of Lisa Ring , Democratic candidate for GA-01 Congressional race & Republican Congressman Buddy Carter.

Georiga’s First Congressional District Congressman, Buddy Carter (R-Pooler), has filed a bill that would prevent illegal immigrants from using Americans’ Social Security numbers.

In a constituent newsletter, Congressman Carter states that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was not monitoring the use of Social Security numbers which were being used by illegal immigrants. The IRS told Congressman Carter that they “were not in a position to notifiy victims.”

Carter states the following in his constituent newsletter:

During an audit of the IRS, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General found that over 1.4 million illegal immigrants could be working and operating fraudulently under the Social Security numbers of legal citizens. However, the IRS has refused to take action claiming they can’t tell the difference between fraud or a mismatch due to an automated system.

They have even said that they won’t notify the victim that their Social Security number was being used fraudulently and blamed it again on the computer system. The fact that the IRS knows illegal immigrants are using American’s Social Security numbers but refuses to do anything about it is egregious and intolerable.

The legislation intends to make the IRS address how the agency better identifies illegal immigrants who are fraudulently using the information to work in the United States.

Congressman Carter scolded the IRS for not protecting the Social Security numbers of Americans and not notifying Americans about the fraud. In a national news publication, Carter stated that not notifying Americans “is the most egregious” part of the IRS’s actions and that the IRS displayed an attitude of being “nonchalant” and the IRS insisted the computer system was at fault.

Carter is known for his strong stances on illegal immigration and has supported several pro-illegal immigration policies while he has been a Congressman. With many on the left-side of the political spectrum wanting to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) division in recent weeks, Carter continues to support illegal immigration policies aligned with the Trump Administration.

  • Supported President Trump’s DACA stance
  • Supported the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act
  • The Securing America’s Future Act which called for increased funding to the Trump’s Border Wall closed dangerous loopholes and mandatory e-verify. This bill did not pass the House.
  • Supported the Assuring Law Enforcement Requests are Timely Evaluated by DHS (ALERTED) Act: which requires I.C.E. to promptly respond to local law enforcement about illegal immigrants who violate the nation’s laws. 

Carter has not faced many opponents since being elected in 2014 to Congress. His last significant opponent was in the 2014 GOP primary against Savannah Dr. Bob Johnson. Till this date, that race has been the most expensive campaign in the First Congressional District.

Carter told a national news outlet that the legislation, called the Tax Identity Protection Act, will get bipartisan support. Currently, there are 10 cosponsors and all of them are Republicans.

However, his Democratic opponent, Lisa Ring, in the First Congressional District race does not agree.

Ring is a former corrections officer, military wife, military mom, and a former Democratic activist from Richmond Hill. Ring won her party’s primary in May defeating Barbara Seidman of Waycross by 67.54 percent of the vote.

When Ring learned of Carter’s legislation, she said that Carter is “recirculating false information about immigrants receiving government benefits” and such claims have been “rebuked for years.”  Ring states this is just one more attempt to “demonize” immigrants and divide the country.

Ring considers herself new to politics while Carter has been in politics for some time serving as the Mayor of Pooler, a Georgia State Senator, and now U.S. Congressman.  Ring questions Carter’s new legislation by asking why Carter is “attacking the IRS.”

“Over the last decade, the IRS has had a budget reduction from $13.9 billion in 2010 to $11.4 billion this year (and $11.3 billion in 2019). The GOP Tax Cuts and Jobs Act further burdens the underfunded IRS by implementing 100 new tax provisions and writing and revising 450 documents and publications,” as Ring referenced the Feb 21, 2018 IRS Budget Request for her numbers in her statement to AllOnGeorgia.

“Compounding department strain is confirmation of the new Commissioner [Charles] Rettig, who represented the Hollywood elite in battles with the IRS for 35 years, and who didn’t disclose the location of properties he owns at the Trump International Waikiki Tower.” said Ring.

Charles Rettig, is a known Beverly Hills tax lawyer, and is said to have provided over $1 billion in tax-related services to businesses and celebrities, was nominated by President Trump to lead the IRS in February of 2018.

Ring further states that the Trump Administration looks to dismantle government at their own financial gain and that the nation’s revenue collection methods should be “fully-functioning.”

“[W]e should be more than a little concerned about the fate of the IRS,” added Ring. “We must ask ourselves what the legislators proposing the legislation have to gain financially. Sometimes, the money trail is immediate. Sometimes, it is part of a larger scheme to create a government that benefits the extremely wealthy at the expense of the rest of us.”

On Ring’s campaign website, there are many statistics about immigrants and how they contribute positively to the nation’s economy.

Ring joins a list of candidates in 2018 that look to change the landscape of American politics by pushing an encompassing platform heavy with pro-immigration accomplishments. Ring joins and echoes her Democratic counterpart, Stacey Abrams, who is running for Georgia’s Governor on the position of immigration. Both women look to turn Georgia a lighter shade of red, or maybe purple, if not blue.

Carter continues to champion legal forms of immigration as he has said many times to constituents that the nation was built by immigrants, but that everyone in America has a basic responsibility to follow the law.

Ring’s stances on immigration, health care, and the how to handle the economy is a stark contrast with her Republican opponent who has been a stalwart of President Trump’s policies, particularly on immigration.

In the 2016 general election, President Trump won the state of Georgia by just over 51 percent where Hillary Clinton garnered around 46 percent. The Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, received around 3 percent of the votes.

In Georgia’s First Congressional District, Trump overwhelmingly won many counties by 60 percent. Hillary Clinton won Chatham and Liberty counties which have traditionally been Democratic strongholds in the FIrst District.

Lisa Ring looks to change the dynamics of the Republican stronghold by sticking to her positions on immigration, health care, workers rights, and support for veterans.

“It is time for us to stand up for the truth, stop the divisions manufactured by those in power, and protect the very fabric of our nation from those who seek to destroy it for personal gain,” said Ring.

The 2018 election between Carter and Ring will be Tuesday, November 6.

Picture credit – 2016 Presidential Election Map results of Georgia’s First Congressional District. Green represents counties won by President Trump and blue counties were won by Hillary Clinton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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