January 16, 2020
The Honorable Mo Brooks
5th District of Alabama
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Brooks,
I am writing today on behalf of the 2 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, to offer our support for your bill, H.R. 5577, the “No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act of 2020.” AMAC believes it seeks to responsibly address critical concerns regarding Social Security benefits.
While the future of Social Security is marked for fiscal uncertainty, it is imperative for Congress to take action to preserve benefits for rightful recipients and to protect the program against potential abuse. Under current law, illegal immigrants that work in Social Security-covered employment and pay Social Security benefits enables wider abuse of Social Security, compromises U.S. immigration laws, and further complicates efforts to achieve fiscal solvency.
H.R. 5577 justly amends Sections 210 and 211 of the Social Security Act, which define “employment” and “self-employment” for Social Security purposes. According to the language of this bill, unauthorized work performed by illegal aliens in the U.S. would not constitute coverage by Social Security, prohibiting them from receiving benefits later in life. This legislation helps to close the gap between Social Security and U.S. immigration rules, ensuring that those who violate immigration laws are not rewarded for their actions. Addressing this crucial inconsistency strengthens the laws of our country and safeguards Social Security benefits for hard-working citizens.
Like many Americans, AMAC remains very concerned about the future of Social Security and the need for entitlement reform. As an organization focused on the concerns of mature Americans, we understand the importance of acting promptly to prevent abuse of these benefits. Additionally, AMAC firmly believes the federal government has a responsibility to seniors and future generations to adopt commonsense proposals to make committed strides toward solvency.
Thanks to your leadership and concern for this important issue. AMAC is proud to support H.R. 5577. A legislative step that will restore accountability within Social Security.