posted on May, 21 2006 @ 04:43 PM
I received an email regarding this proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006:
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 3985 to S. 2611 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 )
Statement of Purpose: To reduce document fraud, prevent identity theft, and preserve the integrity of the Social Security system, by ensuring that
persons who receive an adjustment of status under this bill are not able to receive Social Security benefits as a result of unlawful activity
How your Senator voted
Basically, it was a proposal to prevent people from receiving Social Security benefits that were obtained through illegal means; i.e., fraud, or
forged documents, etc.
Of course, this amendment has it's roots in the current illegal immigration debate.
The US Senate voted 50 to 49 to allow illegal immigrants to collect SS benefits. Basically, they voted YES on the motion to table the amendment, which
kills the motion to reconsider.
You can see how your Senator voted by visiting the link provided. Another link is
Now, some will make a case for those who, although being illegal immigrants, have paid into the SS system and should thus be entitled to collect their
But what if a citizen commits fraud by using false documents? Would they not be subject to the penalties of law?
I say that anyone who collects benefits obtained through illegal means should forfeit their benefits as part of their penalty.
What do you think?