Thursday, May 18, 2006

Ted Kennedy proves yet again that he is a demagogue counting on a clueless constituency
Senate blocks effort to limit benefits to immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate blocked an effort on Thursday to limit Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants who would become permanent residents under a sweeping immigration overhaul being debated by lawmakers.

The Senate immigration bill would give millions of the estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in the country a path to citizenship as long as they pay a fine and back taxes and meet such requirements as learning English…

The Senate also killed an amendment offered by Sen. John Ensign, a Nevada Republican, that would have prevented immigrants who legalize their status from getting Social Security credit for work while they were illegal.

"Social Security was not intended for people who entered our country illegally," Ensign said.

Opponents argued that the program collects millions of dollars every year from illegal workers and it would be unfair to deny them credit for those payments.

"Their money sits in the Social Security Administration waiting to be matched with an eligible beneficiary, and once those workers establish the eligibility, how in all fairness can we deny them the credit for their past contributions? " asked Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat…
Interesting concept, Senator Kennedy, given the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria for issuing a valid Social Security number to which all payroll contributions are matched and credited:
Proof of citizenship and identity

To get a Social Security number or a replacement card, you must prove your U.S. citizenship or immigration status, age and identity. For a replacement card, proof of your U.S. citizenship and age are not required if they are already in our records. Under the new law, only certain documents can be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship. These include your U.S. birth certificate, a U.S. passport, a Certificate of Naturalization or a Certificate of Citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, different rules apply for proving your immigration status, and those rules have not changed.

Also under the new law, only certain documents can be accepted as proof of identity. An acceptable document must show your name, identifying information about you and preferably a recent photograph.

If you are a U.S. citizen, Social Security must see your:
  • U.S. driver’s license;
  • State-issued nondriver identity card; or
  • U.S. passport.
If you do not have these specific documents or cannot get a replacement for them within 10 days, we will ask to see other documents, including:
  • Employee ID card;
  • School ID card;
  • Health insurance card (not a Medicare card);
  • U.S. military ID card; or
  • Adoption decree.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, Social Security must see your current U.S. immigration documents. Acceptable documents from the Department of Homeland Security include your:
  • Form I-551 (includes machine-readable immigrant visa with your unexpired foreign passport);
  • I-94 with your unexpired foreign passport; or
  • Work permit card (I-766 or I-688B).

And guess what. You know what those ‘undocumented workers’, who broke the law to enter the country, do when an employer wants a social security number? They buy forged Social Security cards to provide a bogus (or stolen) Social Security number to the employer. Which of course is the commission of at least three more crimes, all felonies. And, lately, how many employer W-2 reports with bogus Social Security numbers and/or names has SSA been getting each year? More than 9 million. Does that number ring a bell?

Yes, Senator Kennedy, these people are the salt of the earth and deserve citizenship, not to mention each and every government benefit you want to shower upon them.

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