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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 06:46 PM

Trump says undocumented immigrants burden the safety net. He's wrong.


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The Social Security system is in trouble. The federal government started dipping into its Social Security savings account in 2018 to help pay retirement benefits to millions of Americans. If nothing changes, that savings account will run dry by 2034, right around when the last of the baby boomers reach retirement age. After that, the government will only have enough money to pay retirees and disabled workers 79 cents for every dollar theyíre owed.

These findings were recently published in the Social Security Administrationís 2018 trustees report, prepared by government economists at the SSA. They cited many reasons for the crisis, but it basically comes down to this: More Americans are retiring, and they are living longer. And there is no economic boom in sight.

But buried in the report were a few calculations that point to a potential silver lining, though itís one that the Trump administration probably doesnít want to hear. Economic estimates show that immigration would help save the Social Security system. Not just legal immigration ó illegal immigration too.

Undocumented immigrants and immigrants with legal status pay billions of dollars each year into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. Based on estimates in the trustees report, the more immigrants that come in, the longer the Social Security system will stay solvent.

Thatís because immigrants, on average, are a lot younger than the overall US population, so their retirement is far off. And undocumented immigrants pay for Social Security, but theyíre not allowed to get benefits

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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 06:57 PM

1. Immigrants are building America

Roads √

Homes √

Agriculture √

Food √

And of course there are other occupations, but these are the ones I see on a daily basis.

These are the jobs that white Americans do not want. They do not want manual labor in the outdoor elements. Even though this phrase "they are coming to take your jobs" are the very jobs most people don't want.

I heard that phrase growing up in the 60's, however, the boogey man were the blacks are taking OUR jobs.

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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:35 PM

2. This seems immoral really

We make immigrants pay into the Social Security, then deny them benefits.

If anything this country should be making efforts to make sure that more immigrants get the benefits that they paid for.

Using them to prop up social security is wrong.

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