Social Insecurity

March 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm 3 comments

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On the way home Friday night, I had a flat tire. I bought the tires from Sears, so I went to their shop the following morning to have it fixed for free. When the technician checked the tire, he found out that the puncture was on the side. Nothing could be done about it. It had to be replaced. What I thought to be a free visit ended up costing me $210.

At the waiting room, I happened to sit beside a retired person. He was ranting that after serving in the Navy for 30 years, all he got was a measly pension. He complained about immigrants collecting from Social Security. He couldn’t comprehend why they are collecting and even getting more than him. They didn’t serve and they didn’t contribute a cent into the system.

I think the purpose of the entitlement is to ease their transition into their adopted country. However, most immigrants that come to the U.S. require sponsors. These sponsors file an Affidavit of Support attesting that they wouldn’t be a public burden. Why should Social Security get involved then? Is it only fair that the sponsors who have petitioned the immigrants be totally responsible for their well being?

I’ve heard stories that these sponsors even maltreat the immigrants. This holds true regardless of what country they came from. Sad to say, the sponsors can be grownup children of the immigrants. After telling their parents how wonderful life is in the U.S., they petition them to live with them. Once they arrive, however, they treat them like indentured servants. They make them take care of the house and babysit their grandchildren. They don’t even take them out on holidays. Worse, they make them apply for Social Security benefits and keep the money for themselves as rent. It never ceases to amaze the many different ways some people can express their inhumanity, but I digress.

Anyway, I can’t verify everything that the retired person said is true. In fairness, let it be known that these immigrants aren’t doing anything illegal. They only get what is given to them. At the same time, I feel that taxpayers like you and me have the rights to question the rationality of this entitlement.

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  • 1. Anon  |  March 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    May mga Pinoy sa Los Angeles ang ganyan. Ang magulang ang nagiging tagalinis ng bahay, tagapagluto at tagapagalaga ng mga apo. Puro kasi trabaho ang inaasikaso nila.

    • 2. plaridel  |  March 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm


      you commented about filipinos guilty of parental abuse. as i mentioned in my post, this issue is widespread among immigrant groups. a co-worker once told me about the story of a couple from india who came to the u.s. to live with their daughter. the couple have been complaining about their daughter treating them like domestic helpers. they say that they’re even yelled at if some things aren’t done to her instructions. their wish now is to go back to india and enjoy their golden years there away from their daughter. they feel that they have been treated so bad that not even their love for their grandchildren would be enough for them to stay. how sad.

  • 3. plaridel  |  March 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    thanks to google, i’ve learned something new again.

    it appears that social security provides two entitlements.

    one is for those who have contributed to the system and funded by social security taxes.

    the other is for those who have not made any contribution but need financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. it’s on this category that elderly immigrants fall under. it’s funded by general tax revenues and not by social security taxes as some people have wrongly assumed.

    now, it doesn’t really matter where the funds to support these immigrants come from.

    it’s the question of accountability. why should the federal government let the relatives who petitioned them go off the hook from the responsibility of providing for them?


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