Social Security Sob Story


Today`s New York Times has a sad story on how illegal immigrants are contributing to Social Security through automatic payroll deductions. Since they`re working illegally, using false social security numbers, they don`t expect to collect. [Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security With Billions, by Eduardo Porter]

Porter doesn`t discuss the enormous cost of illegal immigration: health, education, crime, et cetera, and he doesn`t seem to know about the possibility of totalization agreements, which will pay billions and billions of dollars in social security to Mexicans who have gone home to retire.

Update: For a technical analysis, proving conclusively that immigrants can`t save social security, see Ed Rubenstein`s March 24 piece on the numbers involved. If you think Eduardo Porter`s piece was one-sided, you might want to contact the Times Public Editor, Daniel Okrent, public@nytimes.com. Good luck getting any satisfaction out of Mr. Okrent, though.