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U.S. Senate has Voted to Give Social Security Benefits to Illegal
Aliens---Even Though They Have Not Paid Into It-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: A couple of these are
circulating, both in the form of petitions.
One says that the U.S. Senate has voted to allow illegal aliens to
collect on Social Security even though they have not paid into the
Social Security System.
Another is an internet petition
originated by Californians that is to be sent to President Bush,
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and several members of
Congress from California. It says that the U.S. Senate voted to
give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants and protests it.. It asks that citizenship be required
for eligibility for Social Services, that no free services or funding be
given to illegal immigrants, and that no college education be provided
free to illegals either.
The Truth: First, Internet petitions
have, so far, been of limited or no value. They do not bear the
same weight of signed petitions since anybody who wants to take the time
could generate them and just make up the names. These petitions
also depend on someone to ultimately send them to the right addresses,
which is not a reliable way to get them there.
Second, let's look at each of the issues in the eRumors.
The Senate Vote on Social Security that generated this petition was in May,
2006. The effect of that vote was to allow language in other legislation
on the issue to proceed. It would not have granted Social Security
benefits to all illegal aliens but it would have allowed illegal aliens
who had already paid into Social Security to accrue the benefits of
their contributions. The Senate went on to pass a controversial
immigration bill but it differed greatly from a version passed in the
House of Representatives.
Social Security As of this writing, Illegal immigrants are not benefiting much from Social
Security. It's technically illegal to hire an undocumented worker
so theoretically there should not be any paying into Social
Security. But because of so many illegal workers who use bogus
Social Security cards to get jobs, billions of dollars of Social
Security deductions are made each year as well as employer payments into
Social Security on behalf of those workers. Illegals are not supposed to
collect on Social Security and because their Social Security numbers are
manufactured, they cannot collect so the money has become a part of the
controversy over Illegal immigration. There have been some
estimates that more than $60 billion a year are being paid into the
system because of illegal immigrants, money that would disappear if the
Immigration reform being debated in Congress could affect all this such
as if amnesty is granted to illegal aliens currently residing in the
U.S. or if illegal aliens are given some kind of participation in the
Social Security system. There is no legislation, however, that
would give illegal aliens Social Security payments if they have not paid
into Social Security.
Social Services Let's look at this from the standpoint of California since that is
the concern of the petition and is the state with the largest population
of illegal immigrants.
A wide range of services are available in California for illegal
immigrants including health care and education for children.
At present in-state college tuition rates are available to undocumented
immigrants as long as they meet other standards such as residency
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
My mom was a homemaker and dad worked all his life and
paid into SS. She
grew up during the depression, watched her husband go overseas to fight
WW II a year after their marriage, and then she went on to raise, feed
clothe 3 children, scrounging to buy food, clothing and medical costs.
sorry, but I can't see how the Senate can justify this slap in the face
born and bred, or naturalized citizens. It is already impossible to live
Social Security alone. If they give benefits to "illegal"
aliens who have
never contributed, where does that leave us that have paid into Social
Security all our working lives?
The Senate voted this week to allow "illegal" aliens access to
Security benefits. Attached is an opportunity to sign a petition that
requires citizenship for eligibility to receive s oc ial services. If
not wish to sign the petition yourself, please for! ward on to anyone
think might be interested. *Linda Harris
PETITION FOR: President Bush
PETITION FOR: President Bush, Gov. Schwarzenegger, and
Congressman Dana Rohrbacher
Gentlemen and Mr. President: The petition below is a protest against the
recent senate vote to allow illegals access our social security!
We demand that you and all congressional representatives require
citizenship for anyone to be eligible for social services in the United
States. We further demand that there not be any amnesty given to
illegals, and NO free services or funding, or payments to and for
illegal immigrants. NO free COLLEGE education, when American citizens
have to get loans to pay for their childrens' education.
We are fed up with the lack of action about this matter and are tired of
"paying" for services for illegals!
Agree or Delete: Instructions to sign are at the bottom.