Thursday, May 18, 2006

Social Security for Illegals?

Even for those of us who regret that the Republican Party is fostering a negative attitude not only toward illegal immigration, but toward immigration generally, it is hard to make sense of a Senate vote to defeat an amendment that would have prevented legalized immigrants from drawing social security benefits accrued during the time when they were in the country illegally. Even if there were no other reason to oppose it, the idea that they can draw such social security benefits creates a logistical nightmare. Employed illegal immigrants have usually managed to obtain jobs through the use of fake identifications and social security numbers. It is not uncommon for scores of them to have used identical social security numbers. How the Social Security Administration will sort that out in order to distribute benefits correctly is a complete mystery to me.

Hat Tip: PowerLine


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