Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wacky Agreement Would Allow Social Security for Illegals

America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Boulder, CO -A secret 2004 agreement, just released under a Freedom of
Information Act request, could soon make Mexican illegal immigrants
eligible for Social Security benefits. Similar agreements have been
signed with many advanced industrialized nations with benefit systems
similar to ours, but these protect the benefits of legal foreign
workers. In the case of the proposed U.S.-Mexico Social Security
Totalization Agreement, illegals who have used fraudulent or stolen
Social Security numbers will be able to benefit from their criminal

The America First Party calls for the rejection of this policy on the
grounds that it rewards and encourages crime, has the potential to
create huge costs for the federal government which is already facing a
debt crisis, and because it would provide an incentive for still more
illegal immigration. Because of Mexico's poverty, incentives like
these could cause the current flood of illegal migration to become a
tidal wave.

It is said that Congress only has 60 days to act on this issue once
the President signs it and sends it to Congress. If no action is
taken, then the agreement will be automatically implemented. The
America First Party rejects this mechanism of approval as
unconstitutional. Under the Constitution, all treaties must be
ratified by a two-thirds vote of the Senate before they can take
affect. We call on the Senate to do its Constitutional and fiduciary
duty and reject the totalization treaty.

"Giving Social Security benefits to illegals will encourage more
illegal immigration and identity theft, and will jeopardize the
benefits and economic well-being of U.S. citizens. This is
unacceptable to working Americans, and amounts to playing Russian
Roulette with our nation's future," stated Jonathan Hill, America
First Party Chairman.

John Schweingrouber, AFP Press Secretary adds, "The Republicans
ignored this issue for far too long. Now the Democrats will either
pass the bill with a rubber stamp when it is introduced, or they will
leave it out of the public debate and let it slide through with the
best wishes of the Bush Administration. Two-party collusion is alive
and well in Washington, D.C."


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