However, research has shown that comprehensive immigration reform would not be a threat to Social Security’s long-term financial outlook.  In fact, as the analysis of the Social Security Actuary has demonstrated, the net result will be to significantly improve Social Security’s solvency.
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For aging transgender population, retirement can be bittersweet refuge

She calls it her “firewall.”

At home, Alice can live as the woman she knows she is. But at work, she has to use her “boy name” — the one on her birth certificate. There’s a co-worker that has joked about using “fags and trannies” as target practice. The day she goes to work as Alice would probably be the day she quits, or gets fired.

At 60, Alice has been forced to make the choice between living an authentic life and living her retirement in poverty. Her firewall is more than a matter of principle — it’s a matter of survival. In Missouri, where she lives, Alice could still be fired for being transgender. That’s why there’s a firewall between home and work, and why she asked to be referred to only as Alice. Her firewall is her double life.

“The problem is, most of us who are older are looking at life after work,” she said. “And we realize that it could well be lived in poverty. We can be true to ourselves, but at what price?”

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