WP: Under Obama’s Immigration Action, Many Protected From Deportation Also Eligible for Social Security, Medicare, Other Benefits

The Washington Post (WP) reports that, under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a variety of other federal benefits, a White House official confirmed. For those who work, that includes payroll taxes, also known as FICA taxes, because they are collected under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. The President did note, however, that the estimated 5 million immigrants granted protection from deportation will not be eligible for other federal benefits, such as student financial aid, food stamps and housing subsidies, nor are they eligible to purchase health insurance through the federal health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

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