I am posting this article in response to ‘The Notice of Award’, Date. August 16, 2014., sent by Social Security Administration (SSA), Great Lakes Program Service Center, 600 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661-2474 which approved the Claim for Retirement Benefits at monthly benefit rate of $1347.80. At the same time, SSA has informed that the Department cannot pay the benefits because of the Applicant’s Alien Status. In other words, the Senior Alien worker can continue to labor in the US for his entire lifetime without any legal right to his personal income, wages, and earnings that he has invested in the Social Security Public Trust Fund. This condition of the Senior Alien whose Claim for Retirement Insurance Benefits is approved but not legally permitted to receive that Benefit must be called Economic Slavery, a modern form of Slavery that took rebirth in the US under the patronage of the US Department of Social Security. The Department has suggested that the Senior Alien can leave the US and by implication the Alien must leave Empty-Handed.
THE SLAVE ALIEN WORKERS-EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
I would like to appeal to all the readers of this article to give their kind attention to the plight of elderly alien workers who are still laboring earning hourly wages even after attaining the full retirement age of 66-years or even 70-years as they have no lawful access to their own Federal Insurance contributions.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – A SLAVE STATE:
President Abraham Lincoln issued the ‘Emancipation Proclamation’ in September 1862 that went into effect on January 01, 1863 freeing the slaves in all territory still at War with the Union. The term ‘Free State’ refers to any State of the U.S. in which slavery was forbidden before the Civil War. The term ‘Slave State’ refers to any of the States in which slavery was legal before the Civil War. After abolishing slavery, the United States Department of Labor was established in 1913 to administer and enforce statutes that promote the welfare, improve the working conditions of all laborers or workforce. In modern economic life, the term laborer describes all manual workers whose work is characterized largely by physical exertion, and especially it refers to workers who labor to earn wages on an hourly basis without the benefit of a contractual agreement with their employers. The term Labor Law refers to legislation that affects workers, and the conditions of their employment. Labor Law is the body of law applied to such matters as employment, remuneration, and conditions of work. In its most comprehensive sense, the Labor Law includes Old Age and Disability Insurance. The characteristic of all labor is that it consumes some part of the short days and years of human life. The essence of all labor is that of the time and life it consumes to deliver a wage or earning to support the life it consumes.
THE U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY ACT OF 1935:
The U.S. Social Security Act (1935) established retirement insurance plan called Social Security which is a public program providing for economic security and welfare of persons who make contributions to fund the program. The Health Insurance Plan called Medicare was added in 1965. It is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services. Medicare provides basic hospital insurance for persons aged 65 and over after they make contributions to fund the program. The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) ensures that the wages are reported by the employers and SSA and Medicare deductions are made from the paychecks of the employees before they receive their paychecks or wages, or earnings. The worker pays 6.2 percent of the earnings as SSA contribution and the employer pays 6.2 percent of the wage earned as SSA contribution to provide retirement income to that worker. Similarly, 2.9 percent is paid into Medicare Program, half by the worker and half by the employer.
ALIEN WORKERS PAY SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE TAXES:
The United States employs a large number of alien workers and millions of these workers are issued paychecks from which billions of dollars are deducted and flow directly to the Social Security Administration (SSA) every year. For example, for the year 2007, about $11.2 billion went into the Social Security Trust Fund, and $2.6 billion went into Medicare. These funds are utilized to pay the legal residents of the United States who receive their Social Security income and the Medicare health insurance benefits. At the same time, the alien workers who do not become legal residents of the United States will not receive any income from the wages they earned while they labored on the soil of the United States. These alien workers cannot participate in the Health Insurance Exchange, a new program introduced by President Obama through a Law known as the Affordable Health Care Act that goes into effect on October 01, 2013. Several of these alien workers have already fully subscribed to the public health insurance program called Medicare and their contributions are taken by payroll deductions. These alien workers aged 65 and over are denied access to health care insurance even while they still continue to labor on the U.S. soil and still are paying into the System that gives them no benefit. These alien workers aged 66 and over have attained their full retirement age working in the United States under the provisions of the U.S. Labor Law which established the principles of equal opportunity and protection from discrimination based upon age, sex, race, or country of origin. It is apparent that the United States has institutionalized the practice of slavery by denying the retirement income to those alien workers who made their lifetime contributions according to the laws enforced by the country.
WHAT IS SLAVERY?
The term servant is used to describe a person employed to perform services to earn a wage, or income by providing labor. The term ‘Slavery’ refers to the condition of a slave, serf, or the like which is stated as ‘Servitude’. The term ‘Servitude’ is specifically used to refer to labor in which the person who performs the labor has no right to his earnings from labor. The term ‘Bondage’ implies any condition of subjugation or depriving a person the right to his property or earning. Serf is any person who is oppressed or has no freedom. Both Servitude, and Bondage involve subjection of a person to some force, compulsion, or influence that takes away freedom, and the dignity of the human being who by his birth is thought to be born free, and equal. In the United States, the Nation, or the State has institutionalized the practice of Slavery by enacting Laws that would empower the State to withhold the property or wage paid by the employer to his employee without any formal approval or consent of the affected worker who performs labor. At the full age of retirement of 66-years, the alien worker who spent the hours, the days, the weeks, the months, and the years of his life performing labor in the United States, gets denied all the earnings he earned for his retirement to lead a life in his Old Age with basic human dignity. I have no term other than that of “SLAVE STATE” to describe the country that is holding people in a condition called Bondage and Servitude.
Personal Numbers:MS-8466/MR-03277K. Rank: Captain/Major.
Branch: Army Medical Corps/Short Service Regular Commission (1969-1973); Direct Permanent Commission (1973-1984).
Designation: Medical Officer.
Unit: Establishment No.22 (1971-1974)/South Column, Operation Eagle (1971-1972).
Organization: Special Frontier Force.