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house Bill H.R. 2745

Eliminating Social Security Benefits for Work Done While In the Country Illegally

Argument in favor

Social Security benefits are for American citizens, period. If work was done by a person in the U.S. under a false name and false SSN, that person should not retroactively collect SSI benefits for that work.

Argument opposed

The surplus of these immigrants will become legal citizens; this bill simply keeps them poor, keeps Social Security trust funds lower, and disavows years if not decades of hard work.

What is House Bill H.R. 2745?

This bill would prohibit undocumented persons not authorized to work in the U.S. from receiving Social Security benefits. Current law forbids a person from receiving Social Security payments if they are here illegally, but their complete work history--including work done while in the U.S. illegally--can count toward Social Security benefits if the person later becomes a legal U.S. resident. This bill would disallow work hours done while in the U.S. illegally from counting toward such benefits. 


The bill impacts undocumented American workers' access to Social Security benefits.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2745

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information


While not directly related to the bill in question, The New York Times offers good overview of the issue of the immigration and Social Security here

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No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act of 2013

Official Title

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to exclude from creditable wages and self-employment income wages earned for services by aliens illegally performed in the United States and self-employment income derived from a trade or business illegally conducted in the United States.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJuly 18th, 2013