http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/may/18/20060518-114132-2456r/ Illegals granted Social Security The Senate voted to allow illegal aliens to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employment -- even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents. "There was a felony they were committing, and now they can't be prosecuted. That sounds like amnesty to me," said Sen. John Ensign. Sen. John McCain,Az., Rep. said, "We all know that millions of undocumented immigrants pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for years and sometimes decades while they work to contribute to our economy," The nest egg that these immigrants have worked hard for would be taken from them and their families." Sen. Jim DeMint, S.C.,Rep, said, "It makes no sense to reward millions of illegal immigrants for criminal behavior while our Social Security system is already in crisis." "Why in the world would we endorse this criminal activity with federal benefits? Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vt., Dem., said, it would be unfair to deny illegals the benefits, "We should not steal their funds or empty their Social Security accounts," he said. "That is not fair. It does not reward their hard work or their financial contributions. It violates the trust that underlies the Social Security Trust Fund." Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Mi. said "Instead of protecting the retirement security of Americans who are earning an honest living and abiding by the laws of our country, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Mi., Dem., sided with people who are here illegally and abuse our Social Security system," "Allowing illegal immigrants to use their illegal work history as credit towards receiving Social Security benefits shows that Debbie Stabenow has forgotten who she is supposed to be working for in the U.S. Senate."