Despite claims to the contrary, foreign-born parents cannot receive Social Security payments. Tom Margenau writes in his new “Social Security And You” column:
As I’ve pointed out so often in this column, far too many people confuse SSI with Social Security. SSI is a federal welfare program that pays a very meager monthly check to about 6 million elderly and disabled poor people in this country. Even though the program is managed by the Social Security Administration, SSI is not a Social Security benefit, and SSI checks are not funded by Social Security taxes.