It's an election year, which means that Social Security has become
another contentious topic among political candidates, pundits, and the
media. Unfortunately, not all information out there is accurate and the
GOP—which infamously tried to keep our Social Security disability
fund depleted last year—is counting on the public to take some of
these assertions as fact. Below, let's debunk some of the myths that
have been circulating.
Illegal Immigrants Are Benefiting from Social Security
Perhaps this myth is prevalent due to a lack of knowledge of how Social
Security works, but Social Security benefits are dependent on a claimant's
work history in Social Security-covered employment. If you begin a job
as an undocumented resident without a Social Security number, there's
no way to actually collect future benefits. Fake credentials may fool
an employer—but not the Social Security Administration if a claim
for benefits is made.
Illegal Immigrants and Fraudsters Are "Skipping the Line"
A Donald Trump ad aired earlier this month implied that illegal immigrants
were not only preying on Social Security benefits, they were also "skipping
the line" ahead of citizens that had filed legitimate claims. As the
Los Angeles Times reports, this is categorically untrue: there is no way to skip the line.
In cases where claimants are suffering from life-threatening conditions,
there are ways to expedite their claim but, again, the claim must be verified
as legitimate first.
Illegal Immigration Undermines Social Security
GOP lawmakers and candidates would have the public believe that illegal
immigration somehow diminishes our Social Security system and prevents
citizens from receiving the relief they deserve. Oddly enough, the opposite
is true. In 2010, the Social Security Administration conducted an investigation
and found that because illegal workers often use falsified credentials
to work here in U.S., they often pay into Social Security without the
ability to later collect benefits. That year, it was found that illegal
workers contributed $12 billion to the Social Security program.
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to challenge a rejection of your claim? At
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