I was taken aback when Congressman Hagedorn completely ignored the falsehoods in a question asked at a town hall about a constituent's lower Social Security benefits because so many illegals were receiving benefits.

Falsehood correction # 1) A person cannot be illegal.

Falsehood correction # 2) Undocumented people do not receive Social Security and in fact pay billions into it.

Falsehood correction # 3) Social Security benefits are not based on the number of people receiving them.

Mr. Hagedorn passed on a teachable moment because, I believe, it played into his narrative on immigration. Never let it be said he let the truth get in the way of a good story.

So disappointing.

Dennis McDonough

Owatonna

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