President Bush has always had a relationship with the Mexican government that I find not only odd, but much too chummy. Bush’s compulsion to consider the opinions of Mexican officials about what the United States should do about Hispanic criminal aliens, securing our southern border, and other issues is mind boggling to say the least. Our leaders should spend less time worrying about offending other governments, and more time doing what’s best for our country.
A fine example of the Bush administration catering to the wants and needs of the Mexican government came out yesterday in a Washington Times article by Stephen Dinan.
An agreement the Bush administration reached with Mexico on Social Security benefits would allow illegal aliens granted amnesty in the future to claim credit for the time they worked illegally.
The deal was reached in 2004 but never released publicly because it hasn’t been submitted to Congress. The TREA Senior Citizens League, a Social Security advocacy group, recently obtained the document through a Freedom of Information Act, and said it confirms the group’s worst fears.
At a time when the American worker can not depend on the Social Security being available to them, even after a lifetime of being forced to donate their earnings to the program, the politicians are willing split what little is left in the pot with millions of Mexican nationals who may not have ever paid a dime into the program.
In the article, Mark Lassiter, a spokesman for the Social Security Administration, said the agreement doesn’t change U.S. law. (The law states that those who do not have authorization to work will not get benefits under a totalization agreement). “To get Social Security benefits, you do have to be legally in the United States. This agreement does not address in any way immigration, immigration laws or override current law,” he said, adding that a 2004 law, the Social Security Protection Act, prevents illegal aliens from getting benefits.
What Mark Lassiter either fails chooses not to point out is that amnesty for criminal aliens would make them legal citizens, therefore qualifying all of them for the same benefits as any other citizen, and with the clause in the agreement that would allow former criminal aliens to claim credit for the time they worked illegally, the Social Security Administration has no way of knowing whether the foreigners that will be signing up for Social Security have worked here for 10 days or 10 years. They will just have to accept the information provided as the truth.
It doesn’t take a genius to see the shortcomings of this plan, but just in case you want an expert opinion on the subject, a 2003 report by the General Accounting Office, Congress’ investigative branch, said the agreement with Mexico was shoddy work that didn’t investigate the reliability of Mexico’s data, or take into account the millions of illegal aliens who would become eligible. The GAO also disputed the Social Security Administration’s estimate that the agreement would cost $105 million a year for the first five years, saying the costs could be much higher given the uncertainty of who could benefit.
As always, when I do these pieces dealing with criminal aliens and amnesty I like to encourage you to check out ImmigrationCounters.com for a dose of reality on this issue.