Illegal Workers Infuse Tax Money into Social Security

From the July 2 Oregonian in Portland:

Illegal immigrants pump as much as $7 billion in taxes into the Social Security trust fund each year, money that helps pay retirement and disability benefits of U.S. workers. The chances are slim that those undocumented workers will ever see a penny in retirement or other benefits.

The Oregon Center for Public Policy, a group that advocates for low-income people, estimates that illegal immigrants in Oregon pay $56 million to $79 million a year in Social Security taxes.

The question of whether illegal immigrants contribute more in total taxes than they consume in public services has no clear answer, but their contribution may be one reason the nation’s tax system turns a largely blind eye to immigration.
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