What becomes of illegal immigrants in the USA when they become too old or disabled to work? Do they go back to their homelands and live off their
savings? Do they qualify for whatever kind of social welfare is available in their native lands? Maybe they get taken care of here in the USA through
a combination of their own savings, private charities and family members living here. Or do some of them qualify somehow for federal or state programs
that pay for all or some of their needs?
Frankly, I have no idea and I doubt anyone else does. No one in government or immigrant advocate organizations wants to look into this issue closely
or even think about it. Instead, what you usually hear is how much illegals contribute to our economy, and specifically, to Security Security and
Medicare. The highest estimate I can find for illegals’ contributions to Social Security is $13 billion, and another $3 billion is thought to be
contributed by them to Medicare.
That sounds impressive until you do a little digging and learn that in 2017, contributions to Social Security totaled $996 billion. That means illegal
immigrants are contributing about 1.3 percent of all Social Security annual income.
In 2018, Medicare received $755 billion in revenue from various sources. The estimated $3 billion in contributions from illegals is about four-tenths
of 1 percent of total revenue for Medicare.
Advocates of illegals, including the ever-sympathetic mainstream news media, always portray their contributions as having a major impact on funding
for Social Security. They often describe their total contributions over a 10-year period, or even over 30 years, which sounds much more impressive.
I find it hard to believe the absence of 1.3 percent of funding would have a huge impact on Social Security. Yet advocates make it sound as though
we’re taking advantage of illegals, getting a free ride from them since they (supposedly) don’t enjoy the benefits. I might have a little sympathy
for illegals who’ve paid into the fund for more than 40 years like I have, but I suspect that’s highly unusual. And I wonder how someone living
here illegally for 20 years or more could be irresponsible enough not to plan for their retirement, knowing they aren’t going to get SS benefits.
According to a recent study by MIT and Yale professors, the estimate commonly given for the number of illegal immigrants — 11 million — is only
half the actual number, and it’s possible there may be as many as 30 million. All of these people are eventually going to be unable to work. Is
anyone in government at all concerned about how their retirement or disability income will be financed? Can you picture the U.S. government deporting
them when they can no longer pay for their needs? Once again, it’s Millennials, Generation Z, their children and grandchildren who will be paying
for this generosity to foreigners living here illegally. I hope they realize this is being done by Democrats and the Left.
edit on 24-12-2019
by Scapegrace because: Typo