Legalization Could Benefit Social Security

RECEIVED Thu., Nov. 1, 2007

To the editor,
    Amid all the vitriolic debate regarding "undocumented" and/or "illegal" immigrants [“Page Two,” Nov. 2], why has no one made the connection with the possible benefit to our Social Security system if a legalization program is successfully enacted? The large baby boomer generation is nearing retirement age, and politicians are concerned about how to pay for all of their Social Security with the smaller number of younger workers. If the estimated 12 million undocumented workers in the U.S. are allowed to come out of the shadows and become officially recognized American workers, they will all start paying taxes, which will offset the projected future Social Security deficit. The vast majority of these people are hardworking, and they are already benefiting the American economy through their purchases. Let's legalize them so that they will also benefit our economy through their tax payments!
Yours truly,
Paul K. Smith
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