FAIR: Open borders a burden for Social Security, not a bonus

Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Social Security officeAn immigration reform organization is rejecting the notion put forth by advocates of open borders who claim mass immigration will save the Social Security in America.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has published a new study titled "Mass Immigration Won't Save Social Security." The study contends that, in fact, foreign-born individuals are a net drain on the U.S. Social Security system, generally consuming more benefits than they contribute.

A spokesman for FAIR contends mass immigration will only make the problem worse.

"We have an immigration system that is based primarily on nepotism, not on merit," says FAIR's Ira Mehlman. "And so we wind up with a lot of people coming to the United States who are poorly educated [and] have poor job skills, and therefore [they] work at low-wage jobs and pay comparatively less into the system than a lot of American workers do."

Mehlman also argues that immigrants tend to come to the U.S. when they are a little bit older and have lost some of their most productive work years.

Mehlman

"[Consequently] they work, for the most part, a shorter period of time in the United States than native-born workers do," he continues. "… The combination of these things means that over the long term, they are paying into the system less than they will collect when they start collecting Social Security themselves. So, really this is just extending the Ponzi scheme a little bit longer."

Mehlman says the U.S. should adopt merit-based immigration policies such as those found in the RAISE Act, which encourages the nation to allow entrance to immigrants based on skill and education levels – not family bloodlines. He also argues the federal government should uphold the "public charge rule," which ensures that immigrants are able to financially support themselves and their families before coming to the United States.

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