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Republicans Aim to Deny Tax Benefits to Former Undocumented Immigrants

Rebuffed in their efforts to roll back President Obama's executive orders on immigration, Republicans in Congress have a new plan.
Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

After failing to reverse President Barack Obama's action easing deportations of undocumented immigrants, Republicans are redirecting their "anti-amnesty'' efforts to deny a federal tax benefit to families who were previously undocumented.

 Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and 10 of his Republican colleagues introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit workers covered by Obama's November immigration order from claiming the earned income tax credit for past years in which they worked without legal papers.