US Social Security and Illegal Immigrants

"Illegal" immigrants?I was recently forwarded an article, written by Mr. Freddie McGoldrick (see far below), which was forwarded and forwarded and on and on and on… However, I did not see where anyone did anything but forward on the message. Since Social Security is becoming of some interest to me now, (I am almost 62 years old) I thought I might take the time to just Google some of these hot topics and see if there is some information there which I could reply to or comment upon. It seems I was right.

Mr McGoldrick complains that illegal immigrants are going to keep his mother from getting her social security, please read on…

First of all, all US citizens were immigrants at one time or another. Every wave which came to the US for opportunity was crapped upon, first the dirty Irish, after they worshipped the devil, the Pope!! Then came the Italians, they were dark-skinned AND worshipped the Pope!! The Chinese were literally brought over in the holds of ships, packed in like so many sardines to build the great transcontinental railroad and then when they had the audacity to ask to stay, many of them were booted out. Of course, we should not even mention the millions of African slaves who so willingly came here to give their labor the nation…

The fact is that illegal immigrants are literally the backbone of the agriculture of California and many other states. Without them the prices of fresh fruits and vegetables in the USA would almost immediately skyrocket, IF that is, IF you could even GET “out of season” fruits or vegetables (in the frozen north and midwest US that is). So that is one HUGE cost savings, to you, the buying public. It seems illegal immigrants provide a huge bounty for your dinner tables. Edward R. Murrow, in 1960, documented the plight of migrant workers, many of whom are illegal immigrants, in his documentary “Harvest of Shame.” It is as timely today as it was shocking then. Thanks to YouTube you can see the entire documentary.

Next we should ask WHO hires all these illegal immigrants? Restaurants, for example, hire illegals to keep their kitchens and toilets clean AND their menu prices down. If they had to pay REAL Americans, none of you could afford to eat out!! Agriculture is a huge employer (see Harvest of Shame). YOUR elected representatives hire illegals, these rich folks seem to need cheap nannies and house keepers, especially those who won’t complain too much. This is to cite just a few examples, in other words the dirty work that good old honest, god fearin’ REAL Americans will not do, the illegals will do. Without them, the shitwork is gonna have to be done by someone like Mr. McGoldrick (see far below) who is so worried about his mother. If employers stop hiring then the illegals have no place to work. The situation is just like illegal drugs, without customers there is no drug trade.

Immigrants to the USNow on to the meat of Mr McGoldrick’s purpose of his petition. The NY Times article (below), written in March 2005, tells us some interesting things. It seems that most illegals contribute “more than most (legal) Americans to the solvency of the nation’s public retirement system.” How do they do that? They have to pay into the system if they use forged documents so their employers will not look too closely at who they hire in return for getting a loyal workforce who really works! BUT, these same workers cannot draw benefits because they are illegal!! An interesting catch; so where does the money go that they pay into the system but that they cannot get back? This money goes into something called an “earning suspense file” which just keeps building up and according to the article “the estimated seven million or so illegal immigrant workers in the United States are now providing the system with a subsidy of as much as $7 BILLION a year.”

But wait there is MORE:

The file has been mushrooming ever since(the 80’s): $189 billion worth of wages ended up recorded in the suspense file over the 1990’s, two and a half times the amount of the 1980’s.

In the current decade, the file is growing, on average, by more than $50 billion a year, generating $6 billion to $7 billion in Social Security tax revenue and about $1.5 billion in Medicare taxes.

In 2002 alone, the last year with figures released by the Social Security Administration, nine million W-2’s with incorrect Social Security numbers landed in the suspense file, accounting for $56 billion in earnings, or about 1.5 percent of total reported wages.

Social Security officials do not know what fraction of the suspense file corresponds to the earnings of illegal immigrants. But they suspect that the portion is significant.

My take on all this is that illegal immigrants are helping keep US Social Security afloat. It is YOUR elected reps up dere in pointy headed Washington who are wasting your Social Security dollars and helping make the system bankrupt. I am 61 and I will be frankly surprised if I can draw my benefits when I turn 77. The real shirkers and criminals are Congressmen and Senators who use voodoo accounting methods to continuously borrow from the SS fund to pad the huge deficits they continue to run up for their pork barrel projects and to finance the war in Iraq and who knows what else. They are the ones who have allowed the United States to become the biggest debtor nation in the world and sold most of that debt to the Chinese, those godless commies.

Next time someone sends you a petition which sounds just a tad emotional, take it with a grain of salt, move your keyboard to Google or whatever and check out these people and see if you can find out their agenda and do they have their facts straight. My teachers, including Mrs Gnagy, taught me that we should not plagiarise and write about the facts and although we did not have the internet in those days and the high school library was a bit small, we did our best to look up stuff in the encyclopedia and tell it from some source which we were told, at the time, to have its facts straight.

You may forward this to whomever you wish including George “Dubya” Bush…

Sincerely, in peace,


These were the first two stories I found when I did a Google search for:
“social security” “illegal aliens”.

The first is titled “Illegals Granted Social Security” and tells about the bill to grant SS benefits to illegals of which Mr. Freddie McGoldrick took such offense.

The second is a year older but explains the REAL story quite well: “Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security With Billions”

Below is the article and petition which Mr. Freddie McGoldrick sent out and which was sent in the never-ending “forwards” which eventually reached me and started this reply:

Social Security SSI Please read

My mom was a homemaker and dad worked all his life and paid into SS, dad has passed away and now my mom can barely make ends meet. While the possible illegal” alien in front of her at the grocery store buys the name brands, my mom goes for the generic brands, and day old breads.

She doesn’t have out-of-state calling on her phone, because she can’t afford it and shops at the thrift shops and dollar stores while the “illegal” aliens go to Macy’s, Gap, J.C. Penny, Banana Republic, etc. She considers having a pizza delivered once a week “eating out”. She grew up during the depression, watched her husband go overseas to fight in WW II a year after their marriage, and then they went on to raise, feed and cloth 5 children, scrounging to pay tuition for parochial schools.

I’m sorry, but I can’t see how the Senate can justify this slap in the face to born and bred, or naturalized citizens. It is already impossible to live on 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 Social Security benefits. Attached is an opportunity to sign a petition that requires citizenship for eligibility to receive Social services. If you do not wish to sign the petition yourself, please forward on to anyone you think might be interested.

PETITION FOR: President Bush

Mr. President:

The petition below is a protest against the recent vote of the senate which was to allow illegal aliens access to 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…

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