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Business Leaders Thank Senator Cornyn for Rejecting the Marriage Penalty


August 11, 2020


Alia El-Assar | (407) 808-3601 |

Juan Carlos Cerda | (214) 482-8698 |

(Dallas/Austin/San Antonio, TX) - ABIC applauds Senator John Cornyn for co-sponsoring Senators Rubio and Tillis’s American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act (S. 4071), a bill that would provide federal stimulus relief for all US citizens. 

Under the CARES Act, each adult with a Social Security Number (SSN) who makes up to $99,000 annually qualified for a stimulus check; however, U.S. citizens who filed joint tax returns with spouses who do not have SSNs were ineligible for this federal relief. The American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act would allow these U.S. citizens to receive a stimulus check of up to $1,200 and an additional $500 for each citizen child. An estimated 291,000 US Citizens living in Texas were denied federal stimulus payments under the CARES Act because of whom they married, translating into a combined loss of $349 million for the Texas economy. 

Woody Hunt, ABIC co-chair and Senior Chairman of Hunt Companies, stated, “I thank Senator Cornyn for embracing a compassionate, common-sense proposal to benefit thousands of Texas families. Rejecting the CARES Act Marriage Penalty is politically savvy, morally right, and important for our economic recovery.” 

“By addressing a problem that holds back U.S. citizens who fell in love with or were parented by a non-citizen, Republicans like John Cornyn are helping Latino families survive the pandemic and giving small businesses like mine a much-needed financial shot in the arm,” said Laura Sanchez, President of El Ranchito and La Calle Doce Restaurants

ABIC urges Congress to follow Sen. Cornyn’s leadership and resume negotiations to provide relief for all Americans, including mixed-status families. 


As a chapter of the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), the Texas Business Immigration Coalition promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances economic competitiveness, provides American companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens.

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