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“Illegals” don’t pay taxes, right?

9 August 2014

While unauthorized immigrants worked and contributed as much as $13 billion in payroll taxes to the OASDI program in 2010, only about $1 billion in benefit payments during 2010 are attributable to unauthorized work. Thus, we estimate that earnings by unauthorized immigrants result in a net positive effect on Social Security financial status generally, and that this effect contributed roughly $12 billion to the cash flow of the program for 2010. We estimate that future years will experience a continuation of this positive impact on the trust funds.

Effects of Unauthorized Immigration on The Actuarial Status Of The Social Security Trust Funds. Social Security Administration, Actuarial Note. No. 151 (April 2014)

In plain, non-bureaucratic, English, “illegal immigrants” to the United States — even if using fake Social Security numbers — end up a net asset, the Social Security taxes they pay never being paid out to them as benefits.

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