Need for Legislation to Reinforce Fact that Illegal Aliens are not Eligible for Social Security and that Using Fake Cards and Numbers are Criminal Offenses

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2021
by AMAC, John Grimaldi
social security

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 8 – Tens of thousands of immigrants enter the U.S. legally from Mexico and other Central American countries.  The vast majority of them, 77% of them, according to Pew Research, enter the country as law abiding permanent or temporary residents; 23% are illegal immigrants.

“We can fully expect that the numbers of illegal immigrants will increase exponentially should Joe Biden be confirmed as the next president of the United States.  He has already laid the groundwork for a new and potentially larger surge of illegal immigration by promising to stop President Trump’s border wall initiative.  In fact, almost immediately after the November election reports started coming in of new caravans from Central America getting ready to head north toward the U.S. border,” according to Bob Carlstrom, president of AMAC Action, the senior advocacy affiliate of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Carlstrom says that there are many reasons why it is important to take measures to repel the influx of illegal aliens.

“The principal reason is that they are breaking the law.  We are a nation of laws and Congress needs to get some backbone and deal with illegal aliens and their migration.  No doubt that many of them are fine people, but they need to take a legitimate path to come and work in our country if they are good guys and there is a need for their services.  That’s why we are backing reintroduction in the new Congress of the No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act, a measure that would stress the fact that if you are in this country illegally there’s no way you are ever going to collect Social Security benefits.”

Carlstrom points out that it is not uncommon for illegal aliens to use false Social Security cards to get jobs and the legislation is designed to reinforce the fact that using a fake Social Security number or one belonging to someone else is criminal.

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,” Carlstrom explains.

About AMAC Action

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