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Do Undocumented Immigrants Hurt Social Security?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

In these bitterly divided days, people on both sides of the political spectrum cling to certain ideas as if they were articles of faith. For those on the right,

Did I Remember To Bring The $12 Billion?

one of these unerring truths is that undocumented workers (also known as illegal aliens) are draining such government programs as Social Security. I hear at least once a week from somebody telling me how Mexicans are getting Social Security benefits without having to wait or prove anything.

Is You Is Or Is You Not The Truth?

So, it is true?

Sadly for our friends on the right, no. A new article from the Motley Fool has some interesting insights. First, the undocumented workers cannot legally collect Social Security benefits under any circumstances.  But, those same workers are paying into the Social Security system via payroll taxes.

Twelve Billion Dollars Is A Lot Of Dollars

According to the AARP, undocumented workers contribute $12,000,000,000 every year towards paying the benefits of those who are qualified to get Social Security benefits. Ah, you say, but what about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Can't non-citizens get those benefits? Yes, they can, but seldom. The funding for SSI is not from payroll taxes, however, so the net inflow of tax-withholding money by undocumented workers into Social Security is getting paid back out each month to American citizens.

The Precise Opposite Of The Truth

It turns out that the truth is precisely the opposite of what you might hear from right-wing media. Not only are undocumented workers not draining Social

Would I Lie To You?

Security, but they are also helping to keep it afloat. What our right-wing friends do with this information is up to them. The easiest thing would be to dismiss this as fake news and cling to a falsity

Let's hope not.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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