NYT chimes in on Immigration

Posted by on April 6, 2005

What does Illegal Immigration and Social Security have in common? The NYT reports it could be boon to the struggling program.

This article has some of the most incredible claims I’ve ever read(aside from the DU that is). They begin the article with a tale of woe:

STOCKTON, Calif. – Since illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States six years ago, Ángel Martínez has done backbreaking work, harvesting asparagus, pruning grapevines and picking the ripe fruit. More recently, he has also washed trucks, often working as much as 70 hours a week, earning $8.50 to $12.75 an hour.

And then the wrapper for this diatribe:

Not surprisingly, Mr. Martínez, 28, has not given much thought to Social Security’s long-term financial problems. But Mr. Martínez – who comes from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico and hiked for two days through the desert to enter the United States near Tecate, some 20 miles east of Tijuana – contributes more than most Americans to the solvency of the nation’s public retirement system.

So here we have Mr. Martinez busting his tired and obviously oppressed arse while contributing to my parent’s Social Security. Am I supposed to say “Thank You”? How about “Get the 4377 out of my country if you don’t want to enter it legally!”.

I could continue with the illegal immigration rant but the Times has a different idea…

Last year, Mr. Martínez paid about $2,000 toward Social Security and $450 for Medicare through payroll taxes withheld from his wages. Yet unlike most Americans, who will receive some form of a public pension in retirement and will be eligible for Medicare as soon as they turn 65, Mr. Martínez is not entitled to benefits.

He belongs to a big club. As the debate over Social Security heats up, the estimated seven million or so illegal immigrant workers in the United States are now providing the system with a subsidy of as much as $7 billion a year.

Oh! So I *AM* supposed to say “THANK YOU” as well as offer the benefits to this criminal? “Thank you Sir! May I have another”? Good Grief. Someone have a paperbag? I think I’m hyperventilating!

After reading a bit further I find that it’s actually a GOOD thing that the criminals will not receive benefits:

Illegal immigrants help even more because they will never collect benefits. According to Mr. Goss, without the flow of payroll taxes from wages in the suspense file, the system’s long-term funding hole over 75 years would be 10 percent deeper.

Yet to immigrants, the lack of retirement benefits is just part of the package of hardship they took on when they decided to make the trek north. Tying vines in a vineyard some 30 miles north of Stockton, Florencio Tapia, 20, from Guerrero, along Mexico’s Pacific coast, has no idea what the money being withheld from his paycheck is for. “I haven’t asked,” Mr. Tapia said.

The “suspence file” mentioned in the above quote is where the SocSec Admin places all W2’s that have false SSNs. I’m not even getting into that argument…it’s just one more episode of not enforcing our laws.

Mr. Martinez and Mr. Tapia are being used. They are criminals that are being used. At first, as usual, I thought of the days of the “peculiar institution” where the Plantation owners lived on the backs of their slaves but this is worse. The Times and their sources seem to be supporting the idea of illegals paying into the Soc Sec system. They are willing to look past the violation of at least TWO federal laws for the sake of the Marxist Ideal of Income Redistribution under the guise of the Social Security System.

For a long time I’ve wondered what the Democrats plan is for Social Security Reform. I guess we know what it is now.

Now don’t remind me that the children born in the US are Citizens. Those aren’t the kids I’m talking about….of course we would never know if they were born here or carried in like so much luggage because we as a Nation just don’t seem to give a …um… an excrement.

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4 Responses to “NYT chimes in on Immigration”

  1. DeepThroat Says:

    Using the logic of the Old York Times, we should legalize prostitution and tax it. After all, this type of activity would generate social security revenues.

    Can you imagine a marketing plan around this? Screw you(r) way to social security reform!

  2. DeepThroat Says:

    While we’re at it, we should capitalize on the burgeoning opium crop in Afghanistan, legalize it, slap a tariff on it, and use those proceeds for social security.

    That would be a boon for us, and the Afghans.

    Booyah!!! 😉

  3. David Adams Says:

    … or we can put the hookers and drug dealers on the books by getting rid of the income tax (that they don’t pay) and moving to a consumption tax (that they do). See details at http://www.fairtax.org

  4. DeepThroat Says:

    You’re preaching to the choir. I have long supported the consumption tax. That would allow the government to get necessary revenues while encouraging the creation of wealth.

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