Donald Trump’s Views on Social Security Election 2016

The Washington Post is known for fact-checking politicians.  This past weekend, they reported that Trump’s new television ad (which is running in Ohio) claims that undocumented immigrants collect Social Security benefits.  This is blatantly false!

In order to be eligible for Retirement Benefits or Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, a person had to have worked and paid FICA taxes.  Generally, this means that the person is either a U.S. citizen or they have immigration status allowing them to work.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to those individuals who have never worked or whose earnings would limit their monthly benefit to less than $733 a month.  Well, in order to be eligible for SSI, a person must be a U.S. citizen or have the appropriate alien status.

I am concerned that a person who would mislead us about Social Security knows anything about Social Security.  Will he protect the rights of the disabled?  Looking at his history, I do not believe so.

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