Donald Trump’s campaign has released its very first political ad which is focused entirely on immigration because a nation comprised almost entirely of immigrants should fear other immigrants. That makes sense, no? Much of Trump’s rhetoric fails to pass a logic test, but that hasn’t stopped millions of voters from flocking to him.
In the case of the political ad entitled, “Two America’s: Immigration”, the ad alleges under a Clinton presidency individuals who are illegally in America are able to collect “Social Security benefits, skipping the line.” A report on the “Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents” (DAPA) and the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) which was compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies, a group which is flatly against immigration, is cited in Trump’s advertisement.
Why did Trump include those two programs? Because, in theory, they do allow individuals who are not American citizens to receive Social Security benefits. The truth is in the details, however.
Individuals partaking in the DACA and DAPA are considered lawful workers if they are granted approval under the programs, and they can indeed apply for Social Security.
Here is where Trump’s argument falls off the tracks. To collect benefits individuals in either program must have worked for at least 10 years, and they must have begun working in the program before they turned 31-years-old in 2012. One is not eligible for Social Security until they are 65, but if Hillary Clinton takes office in 2016, and serves until 2024, the oldest an individual on the programs would be is 43, a full 22 years too young to receive benefits.
Therefore, Trump has been busted in another lie. There will be no line cutting.