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This morning I got an email accusing Senators Clinton, Kennedy, and Obama, of voting to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants. A simple search of Google or Snopes shows the allegation to be misleading at best and false at worse.
Then there’s a piece in the McCarville Report today, spouting the same thing without attribution to any source.
“Republicans are tagging Democratic opponents across the country for wanting to “give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants.” But nobody’s proposing paying benefits to illegals, not until and unless they become US citizens or are granted legal status.
The charge is a mis-characterization of an amendment offered during debate of the immigration bill that passed the Senate last May (06) with a healthy bi-partisan majority, 62-36. The amendment would change current law to prevent immigrants from getting credit toward future Social Security benefits from taxes paid before they have legal permission to work.
The measure has become a popular campaign issue for Republicans, particularly incumbent House members who raise it against their Democratic challengers. We have counted 29 GOP ads attacking Democrats with various versions of this misleading claim. Similar misconceptions about the measure were spread as part of a chain e-mail last spring and summer. “
Could there be a new campaign to spread this diatribe that was debunked last year?