Ignoring Senate vote, Beck claimed "liberals" want to "rape" illegal immigrants by preventing them from obtaining Social Security

››› ››› MATT SINGER

On his radio show, Glenn Beck accused "liberals" of wanting to "rape" illegal immigrants by "hav[ing] them pay into Social Security" without "allow[ing] them to get any of those funds back." In fact, when the Senate considered an amendment that would have prevented newly legalized immigrants from receiving credit for Social Security benefits for work done as illegal immigrants, Democrats overwhelmingly opposed the amendment, while Republicans strongly supported it.

On the June 2 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck accused "liberals" of wanting to "rape" illegal immigrants by "hav[ing] them pay into Social Security" without "allow[ing] them to get any of those funds back." In fact, when the Senate considered an amendment by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) that would have prevented newly legalized immigrants from receiving credit for Social Security benefits for work done as illegal immigrants, Democrats overwhelmingly opposed the amendment, while Republicans strongly supported it. In the May 18 roll-call vote, 38 of the 44 Senate Democrats voted to table the Ensign amendment, while 44 of 55 the Senate Republicans voted to keep the amendment under consideration. Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT) also voted to table the amendment, and Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) did not vote. The amendment was tabled by a 50-49 vote, effectively killing the measure.

From the June 2 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

CALLER: I've had some co-workers -- they believe that the government doesn't want us to check because they want the money to get paid into the Social Security fund by people who will most likely never collect on it.

BECK: They -- wait a minute, hang on. You know what, I gotta tell you something. This one kills me, because a lot of the people who make this particular argument, they're like, "Hey, man, they're [illegal immigrants] actually helping Social Security." Those people who make that argument usually are the liberals. And I hear that, and I think, "What kind of evil?" You call me evil? You know, "Those evil, heartless conservatives." You're saying, "Let's screw the illegal alien. Let's have them pay into Social Security, and then rape 'em. Never allow them to get any of those funds back." My gosh -- and I'm the evil one.

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Immigration, Effect on Social Services
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Premiere Radio Networks
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Glenn Beck
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Glenn Beck Program
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