Social Security’s Benefactor…Illegal Immigration

The public perception of illegal immigrant workers is one of people being paid on a cash basis, and employers fully aware that they are employing illegal aliens. The spectacle of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raiding a business to catch these lawbreakers hits newspapers and television broadcasts periodically to help fuel this perception. This may have been the majority of illegals in our workforce at one time, but it is impractical to think this is how 12 million or more illegal immigrants work in this country now. People would probably be surprised to know that there is a government agency that has perhaps the greatest resource of information about illegal aliens, and purposefully withholds this information from ICE. This agency is the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Notification of a problem to employers does exist in what is known as the “no match” letter. This is a letter sent from SSA to over 9 million people per year. It is a document sent to employees (often through their employer), which informs them that their SS# does not match their name in the SSA database. Often these “no-match” letters can be explained as a data entry error, or a name change (such as marriage). However, when the error is not corrected under any of these simple scenarios, it is a signal that the individual could be working in the country illegally. SSA has no specific rules if the letter is not resolved. They don’t inform ICE, they don’t have steps for the employer, they just continue to send letters. This can go on for years.

Normally one could attribute this lack of direction as typical government agency incompetence. This may not be the case here. For fear of prosecution, companies often take no action when these letters go unresolved. Social Security taxes still are collected under the employee’s bad information. What does SSA do with this money, since there is no account for this individual? There must be a pile of money with nobody’s name on it at SSA. If you are the head of SSA, and every day your agency is inching closer to the time when you are paying out more than you take in, this is a nice line item to have.

If Congress was interested in solving the problem of illegal immigration, a few simple steps could go a long way.

  • Update the Social Security Card. There have been 50 cards issued since its inception, and all are still valid and easily forgeable. Security similar to the US passport should suffice.
  • Inform Employers that if their employee “no match” issue is not resolved within 90 days, and they continue to employ that person, there will be a hefty daily fine.
  • Unresolved issues must be forwarded on to ICE by SSA for further investigation regardless of termination.
  • Protect from litigation any employer who terminates an employee for not resolving the “no match” letter.

It is clear that SSA has no incentive to solve this problem despite having some of the best information on possible illegal immigrants in the workforce. They don’t want to end the slush fund that has no corresponding obligation for payout. The next time there is some big raid on the news, don’t buy into the hype. There are many more where they came from, and SSA has a good idea who they are. Closing this huge loophole may deplete funds to Social Security, but would truly start the process of solving this problem.

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  • robinked

    Add to that list:  Mandatory use of the FREE E-Verify system…Join if you’d like to Lobby Congress to pass this Very Important Legislation….!!!

  • Gumbo1879

    Nothing like reading conservatives call for a national ID card to solve another problem created government intervention.  Here’s an even easier solution to unauthorized immigration: Legalize it, tax it, and let more come legally.  It doesn’t even require a new government ID program.  

    • robinked

      ‘Legalize’ a Pack of ILLEGAL Lawbreakers….now thats a Solution…..N-O-T!!!!!!!

      • 14POLK88

        put a boot an there illegal ass !Put them out of our country!!!

  • Dave Francis

    To stop the
    smothering of America, free from Democratic and Republican dominance, then vote
    into office as many TEA PARTY candidates as you can? That’s all there is to it?
    By flooding the Senate and House of Representative, we will have a legitimate
    people’s party although it’s still part of the GOP.  We must oust the Liberal Socialist “Tax and spend’
    government, which currently have an agreement with Mexico in giving illegal
    aliens access to food stamps. Tell me would you want to go home, if you were
    encouraged to collect citizen’s welfare programs.  Out with all those political party members
    that steal your dollars every year, to pay for wars and insure that the U.S.
    tax system remains the same, so that the friends and those entities who donate
    to campaign have pay little or no taxes at all. The American people have it in
    their power, to reject illegal immigration through voting into Congress, people
    who will not steal from us, reject the secret immigration of cheap labor from
    India and other locations created by the Republicans.  


    Turn the
    tide of an unceasing Socialist experiment played by the Democrats and Liberals.
    The TEA PARTY will let free trade succeed, but will sanction countries as China
    who are manipulating their currency and cheating us.  We cannot trust the Democrats who remain
    deliberately unconcerned with non-citizens voting. Both parties refuse to enact
    mandatory E-Verify (H.R. 2885), to eject illegal aliens from businesses, and a
    Birthright Citizenship law (H.R. 140), that allows a projected 400.000 babies a
    year who gain citizenship, without a parent holding U.S. citizenship status.
    With an unparalleled nationwide recession, the Democrats and Republicans have
    done nothing to reduce the 16 trillion deficits, that this country is now
    manacled too. The Democrats would rather harass Arizona, because they are the
    epicenter of illegal immigrants and migrants fleecing the state’s welfare
    coffers. Anybody who dares to go against the ultra left intent is relentlessly pursued,
    such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, or former Rep. Russell Pierce.  


    Then we have
    California, a state labeled as a ‘Sanctuary state’ where illegal aliens are
    shielded from ICE agents. Never mind the Golden state is now tarnished with a
    $15.9 billion deficit and climbing, with Nevada following closely. This is not
    saying that any of the 50 states is not also in financial trouble as very few
    states are solvent. Over a hundred billion dollars ($ plus) is
    being “OKAYED” by politicians for foreign nationals, when we cannot even look
    after their citizens and permanent residents. Individual states have been
    forced by court unfunded mandates, to enact their laws, otherwise they would be
    overrun by economic illegal aliens. Investigate federal, state and county
    elected officials and vote them to the garbage dump, as they are not doing the
    people’s bidding. Surf the internet and use key words such as ‘Voter Fraud’
    illegal immigration costs, sanctuary cities and every issue you can imagine.
    Join a local TEA PARTY or even survey the ideologies of the party, then you
    decide who’s best for the job of getting us out of this financial mess.
    Americans must kill big government, with hundreds of thousands of more workers
    to provide Obama care.

    Would any citizen ever have thought that they would be victimized, to pay for
    illegal foreigner’s health care? Why isn’t Mexico, a very rich resource country
    paying for their own people, instead of loading their poor on us? Why is any
    foreign nation driving their impoverished here, is it because of this NAFTA
    agreement. Hundreds of thousands of people from South of our border, were
    forced to enter our lands because the American businesses took their lands. Yet
    the Obama administration could alleviate much of the hurt, by adjoining with
    the Republicans to start opening up oil and natural gas locations. Reopen the
    coal mines and making America once again a credit nation and not owing the
    world’s investor’s money. Time is running out and our only chance to relinquish
    the steel hold of both parties is too vote for the Constitutional TEA PARTY
    leadership. They cannot stop the TEA PARTY people now as there are too many of
    us and still propagating.


  • Joel Wischkaemper

    He is blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a logical mind which he uses to
    analyze government, media, politics, and culture. He believes that his
    life experiences help him bring a unique perspective to the issues of
    the day.
     I only get to watch Michael Porfido on Fox occasionally.  His mind is both logical and pragmatic, and desperately in demand in our society.  When he DOES come up on Fox, I dearly wish Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Hannity and all the rest would let him finish a though and exposition.  Somebody tell O’Reilly the world depends on it and lets see if that works.

    Every thing I know about the issue says he is right on the mark.  I believe George Bush began the processes of abusing the American People by his hiding of the Social Security information, and I believe Barrack Obama continued it, but out in the open.  I also believe Mr. Romney knows this issue is tearing this country up, and that he will do what needs to be done to put it to bed forever.

    We do need a new Immigration Law, but we need one that comes at us piece meal.  The Social Security processes would put a stop to the illegal aliens, and it is something Congress could do.. should do.. knows about.. will not put into effect.  They are stalling as hard as they can with spins that drive us all crazy.

    Thank you Mr. Porfido.