Illegal immigrants protected by Obama’s action eligible for benefits
President Barack Obama recently announced that illegal immigrants in the United States who plan to obtain work permits could be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits once they reach retirement age, Newsmax reported on November 26.
A provision under the federal law signed in 1996, the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, that states people who have contributions to Social Security and Medicare can become eligible for these benefits if they are “lawfully present in the United States,” meaning properly documented. Now that Obama has protected millions of potential workers from deportation, they too may become eligible for certain benefits that they pay into.
According to a report, both employers and employees pay for the employees FICA taxes, with 12.4% usually going to Social Security and 2.9% to Medicare.
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