Fact Check: Are Immigrants Getting Social Security? - AMAC & Newsweek

Aliss Higham of Newsweek dives into the illegal alien vs. Social Security argument. In the debate, Donald Trump said, “Social Security, he’s destroying it because millions of people are pouring into our country, and they’re putting them onto Social Security.” But Trump did not specify whether he was referring to migrants living in the U.S. legally or illegally. Illegals cannot collect Social Security retirement benefits, but some immigrants may be able to collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a federal government program separate from Social Security and often called “welfare.” To take advantage of SSI, there are established criteria qualifying recipients:

  • Lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  • Granted conditional entry.
  • Paroled into the United States.
  • Admitted as a refugee.
  • Granted asylum.
  • An alien whose removal is being withheld.
  • A Cuban or Haitian entrant.
  • Admitted as an Amerasian immigrant.
  • Admitted as an Afghan or Iraqi special immigrant.
  • Admitted as an Afghan humanitarian parolee.
  • Admitted as an Afghan non-special immigrant parolee.
  • Admitted as a Ukrainian humanitarian parolee.

For the full breakdown of eligibility for noncitizens who can collect SSI benefits, click here.  Read the full article here.

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