Immigration and Social Security – Illegal Workers Pay for Services They Can Never Receive

Taxes paid on illegal immigrant’s earnings help pay Social Security and Medicare benefits for US Citizens. The accounts ballooned during the 1990s as illegal immigrants poured into the United States, and it represents about $520 billion in earnings paid to workers.

“They’re filling our coffers,” said Vincent Gawronski, an immigration expert and political science professor at Birmingham-Southern College. “It’s all about the money. The government doesn’t want to stop that flow. (Illegal workers) are paying into the system, not drawing down on it.”

Unauthorized workers are driving the growth of the suspense file — which provides a boon for the government because illegal immigrants pay taxes on their earnings but can’t, by law, later claim benefits.

The Charlotte NC Observer Begins a Series today on immigration – Read first installment here:

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