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Germano writes: "Unauthorized workers are paying an estimated $13 billion a year in social security taxes and only getting around $1 billion back, according to a senior government statistician."

A man holds an American flag at a rally. (photo: Noah Berger/Reuters)
A man holds an American flag at a rally. (photo: Noah Berger/Reuters)

Unauthorized Immigrants Paid $100 Billion Into Social Security Over Last Decade

By Roy Germano, VICE

23 February 17


nauthorized workers are paying an estimated $13 billion a year in social security taxes and only getting around $1 billion back, according to a senior government statistician.

Stephen Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration (SSA), told VICE News that an estimated 7 million people are currently working in the US illegally. Of those, he estimates that about 3.1 million are using fake or expired social security numbers, yet also paying automatic payroll taxes. Goss believes that these workers pay an annual net contribution of $12 billion to the Social Security Trust Fund.

The SSA estimates that unauthorized workers have paid a whopping $100 billion into the fund over the past decade. Yet as these people are in the US illegally, it is unlikely that they will be able to benefit from their contributions later in life.

In the latest episode of Immigrant America, VICE News documented how most US dairy farms depend on the labor of unauthorized workers, as they simply can’t find enough Americans and don’t have a way of hiring foreign workers legally

Farmers claim that they’re following the law the best they can under the circumstances. Michael, a farm owner who asked for his last name to be withheld, argued that his unauthorized employees don’t get a free ride. He told VICE News that they pay taxes and are hired in accordance with the government’s I-9 requirement.

Unauthorized workers usually demonstrate their employment eligibility with fake IDs and fake social security numbers. Once hired, these “questionably documented” workers, as Michael calls them, end up on the payroll and have taxes automatically taken out of their checks, like any other employee. That money then goes to the federal treasury to fund programs like Social Security and Medicare.

You can read more about the SSA estimates of the unauthorized population’s contributions to the trust fund here. your social media marketing partner


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+5 # dotlady 2017-02-24 00:43
We better let all undocumented but the hardcore criminals stay in the US!
-8 # cynik 2017-02-24 01:09
If they come alone, they probably have a positive effect on SS. But if they bring their families, they may help SS but it's offset in the community by the cost to educate all their children, usually requiring special teachers for ESL; feeding them breakfast and lunch every school day; medical care; among other costs. And if they have SSNs, do they not file taxes, claiming all thise dependents? And what about the person whose number they stole? Do you think identity theft is a victimless crime?
0 # Robbee 2017-02-25 11:36
note that this is $100 billion pot begging for crooks to steal - like the undocumented home loans that made crooked mortgage lenders suddenly rich - the more loans the richer, just in broker fees - agents suddenly earned several extra hundred thousands a year

who has access to this pot? and how do they steal it? - follow the money!

THE EMPLOYER hires someone who speaks little or no english - then pays the gov't 4.3% of earnings to the account of a SS number that THE EMPLOYER lists - the number of a relative, friend, employee, or someone else who wants to retire someday with maximum SS benefit amount

mexicans have no need to provide fake SS numbers - whether they do or not, THE EMPLOYER knows someone who wants funds deposited to their benefit

how do we combat $100 billion in fraud? - well, congress would have to send the irs on a mission to trace funds deposited into SS accounts back to individual taxpayers - send immigration agents to meat-packing plants, hotels and restaurants, to see if they can match SS accounts with on-site employees

congress cannot afford to penalize THE EMPLOYER for hiring illegals, THE EMPLOYER donates to election campaigns - THE EMPLOYER hates regulation, as does the chamber of commerce and every EMPLOYER - congress is busy cutting enforcement money to i r s - not boosting it to collect more taxes

Do i think identity theft is a victimless crime? - it doesn't matter what i think - congress says identity theft is a victimless crime!
0 # Robbee 2017-02-25 12:08
by the way, if it did not pay to hire illegals, then NO EMPLOYER would hire illegals - frauding the gov’t just makes hiring illegals pay better

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