Legalizing ilegal Immigrants
I wonder how many people in this country know that it is possible to draw a Social Security Pension (SSI) from the system after having never paid into the system.<P>Most all pension systems have strict guidelines that provide for minimum requirements, that must be met by there members; ei: length of years served, age, contributions, etc,,,<P>I know of and have heard of individuals who after having been given legalized (thru amenesty, or by legally applying) immigrant status have gone on to apply for assistance thru this Social Security Assistance Program and have been awarded a monthly income.<P>Some of these individuals then have returned home to live in retirement off this wind fall.<P>The Social Security system is tight lipped about this matter, as a matter of fact they refuse to even give out any information concerning this program.<P>Congress keeps harping about the system going bankrupt, but say nothing about these policies that apparently no one scrutenizes.<P>I am not against legal immigration, but it seems to me that to give illegal immigrants a legal status, has a way of sendin a wrong signaling, which may encourage an stampede to enter illegally into this country.<P>While it is true that illegal immigrants do contribute to the economy by their hard work and long hours, I would rather see a guest workers program,whereby they could perhaps contribute to a system, and I don't know whether it should be the SSI we have or someother type of program. <P>But to allow this to continue especially if the congress acts on this matter, how will allowing non payors to draw at the public trough insure the Social Security system to survive long enough to pay benefits to those that have been members for thirty or forty years, and have never received anything from it.<P>This business of amenesty and giving illegals legal status is not right, since it will not only fly in the face of the law abiding individuals and those that seek entry into this country be legal means. It undermines our system of justice.<P>Imagine, it will pay to be a law breaker.<P>The Democratic party would like to give everyone anything and everything they want in exchange for votes; anyone; naturally can see the advantage to catering to the those that come seeking a future for themselves and their families, since most come from countries where the government does very little or nothing at all for their people, it's only natural that they (the immigrant) would support a party that wants to redistribute the wealth of this country in favor of those that don't have, at the expense of the middle and upper wage earners and business community.<P>But then again, why work if you can apply for and get SSI assistance; after all you only have to prove that you have no assets and have dependants, (they don't even have to be in this country)that depend on you. And thet way you do that is you get a social security number issued to each child you claim as a dependent.<P>Just wondering if I'am wrong; how do you feel about this subject.