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A fiscal disaster In response to my letter to the editor, “Fiscal timebombs” (Wednesday), Amelia Pierson questioned the politicians’ intentions behind the proposed immigration bill (“Illegals and Social Security,” Letters, Friday). She wondered if the immediate infusion of taxes paid by 12 million to 20 million new taxpayers would put off a failing Social Security to a much later date. The answer to that is no, it will do just the opposite. A large immediate infusion of taxes would only increase the annual Social Security surplus, the out-of-control spending of Congress and add millions of workers entitled to future Social Security benefits. Social Security in its present form will be running a cash income surplus for about the next 10 years. The surplus cash income is put into the general funds and spent annually by our spendthrift Congress. There is no mechanism to save the annual Social Security cash income surplus for the future .

The proposed immigration bill would accelerate the destruction of the Social Security system as we now know it. Stephen Dinan’s article “Social Security liability foreseen” (Nation, March 29) quotes a report that says legalizing illegal aliens would bankrupt the system. The more interesting information in that article was the claim that in 2004 uncredited Social Security earnings, those earnings that can’t be matched to valid Social Security numbers, totaled $65 billion. Government officials say that illegal aliens are probably the “chief cause” of uncredited earnings. This says that illegal aliens are now contributing to Social Security without having any claims to future benefits. Legalizing illegal aliens would subject the present terminally ill Social Security system to an early demise.

JOHN T. McVICKAR

Vienna

The immigration bill

It is imperative that the momentum to stop illegal immigration not be lost (“Immigration bill quashed,” Page 1, Friday). The enthusiasm must not be allowed to dissipate. The iron is hot and the juices are flowing and the amnesty-open borders crowd is on the run.

A strong “enforcement-only” bill must be introduced in the Senate. Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, is introducing one in the House. All of us who sent thousands of e-mails, snail mail and faxes — and made an equal number of phone calls — stand ready to do the same thing to get an enforcement-only bill through the Senate.

The momentum is there and we are poised to drive the point home that we want: The border secured by any means necessary, fines on employers raised to a level where it will cost them the business if they hire illegals, and the border and interior-enforcement-agent numbers increased by a significant number to combat illegal border crossings and the hiring of illegal aliens.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

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In reference to the article, “Immigration bill quashed,” President Bush stated: “A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn’t find a common ground. It didn’t work.”

That was exactly why it went down to defeat — the only people who wanted the bill to pass don’t understand that the American people were not fooled into thinking that this was a sincere attempt to solve the immigration problem. The legislation was written by a handful of senators who refused to allow an open debate of the details, many of which were seriously flawed.

While many senators stated that there were “triggers” that provided border enforcement before illegals could receive legal permission to remain, they only allowed 24 hours to check records, which would have left gang members, criminals and those absconders free to escape.

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