Illegal Immigrants Could Receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama Action – Washington Post … “Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. For those who work, that includes payroll taxes, also known as FICA taxes, because they are collected under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.”
“Federal law says that people who pay the taxes and are deemed ‘lawfully present in the United States’ can collect benefits under those programs when they become eligible. They may also receive survivor and disability benefits. ‘If they pay in, they can draw,’ White House spokesman Shawn Turner said by e-mail. Turner noted, however, that the estimated 5 million immigrants granted protection from deportation will not be eligible for other federal benefits such as student financial aid, food stamps or housing subsidies.”
COMMENT: Even though Obama suggested that these benefits would not be extended to immigrants, like Obamacare, you just knew that wouldn’t be true. My guess is that eventually all immigrants will be given access to all the other government services and benefits of U.S. citizens eventually, especially since President Obama still says that will not be the case!
Iran Extension Prompts Calls for More Sanctions in U.S. Congress – Reuters … “Several U.S. Republican lawmakers insisted on Monday that the extension of nuclear talks with Iran be accompanied by increased sanctions, setting the stage for a battle with the Obama administration after their party takes full control of Congress next year. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte, three of the party’s leading foreign policy voices, said they view Iran’s insistence on having any enrichment capability at all as problematic and warned that a ‘bad deal’ would lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”
“John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, said an extension only allows the administration to make more concessions to Iran….. ‘Obama has insisted that more sanctions imposed by Washington would antagonize Iran, anger other countries now supporting international sanctions and collapse the negotiations.’”