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Some immigrants get benefits under Obama's actions

2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago November 26, 2014 Nov 26, 2014 Wednesday, November 26 2014 November 26, 2014 10:53 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jim Kuhnhenn

WASHINGTON - Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.

Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation would be eligible to obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they would pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes.

Not all such immigrants would be entitled to the benefits, however, because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care.

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