Social Security Fast Tracks Disability Claims by Non-English Speakers

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Disability has gotten completely out of control under Obama.

When Obama took office there were over 7.4 million workers on disability. The Social Security Administration announced in October that the number is now more than 8.9 million, a 20 percent jump. Another 2 million spouses and children of disabled workers also receive SSDI benefits, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to some 10.9 million Americans.

The fund has run a deficit every year since Obama took office, after 15 straight years of surpluses.

Since Obama took office, the annual deficits in the disability trust fund totaled $8.46 billion in fiscal 2009; $20.83 billion in 2010; $25.26 billion in 2011; and $29.70 billion in 2012.

And there’s one contributing factor to why this is happening. Obama’s determination to buy immigrant votes for the welfare state.

The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits.

Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin on Thursday, raising concerns regarding revelations that individuals who cannot speak English are fast-tracked for disability approval.

“I write to express my concerns about the expanding number of individuals now qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and to raise a specific issue, the basis for many of these individuals’ disability classification, where the inability to speak English is a determinative factor,” Sessions said.

Sessions revealed a policy for SSDI payments that allows individuals to qualify for benefits more quickly if “they are incapable of communicating in English.”

The Social Security Act allows for the consideration of education when deciding if an individual is disabled. “The education factor is not limited to actual education as it relates to schooling, but includes a linguistic limitation on the ability to communicate in the English language,” Sessions said.

According to the Act, “Since the ability to speak, read and understand English is generally learned or increased at school, we may consider this an educational factor.”

Sessions said he is concerned that the administration is “misconstruing” this part of the Social Security Act, to approve disability applications solely on this factor.

Misconstruing would be the polite term. It’s like calling a mugging, an unwanted interaction.

“It is difficult to see how someone is a U.S. citizen and incapable of speaking or reading the English language,” Sessions added. “In one case handled by Judge Butler, the claimant answered ‘no’ to both questions in a January 2012 hearing, but had been naturalized as a U.S. citizen in August 1987. As, you know, naturalization requires individuals to have a working knowledge of the English language.”

Many people think that’s true, but it’s not the case. The requirements are waived for many seniors. And seniors, aka welfare immigrants, are making up a larger proportion of immigrants these days.

“The population of the United States grew by 9.7 percent between 2000 and 2010, but the number of SSDI applications grew by 230 percent,” Sessions noted.

Give it a little time. By Hillary’s second term, it’ll be 2300 percent.

  • JackSpratt

    One less incentive for learning english and becoming an American. Not an accident I say.

  • You Know

    So every legal or illegal immigrant that enters the United States potentially can hit the jackpot and be given Disability. Heck, the President and fellow gangsters, you know Democrats, can fast track it so immigrants get SSI at the port of entry. The Customs officials or Border Patrol can fill in the Immigrants name, sign the form and stamp with a you know a big ole SSI rubber stamp.
    Yes sir, President Derp De Der sure is smart ya know.

  • GSR

    Not only Disability but SSI – Supplemental Security Income is really just another form of welfare, which elderly or non-working relatives of immigrants immediately latch onto once they come to the United States of Suckers. Here in Dearbornistan, Michigan, the number of SSI followers of the Prophet Mohammed would stun the average American if they found out. It’s a racket. This is also a big reason why the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country should be reduced….because they sponsor their relatives to come here and get on the Beltway Gravy Train. High immigration feeds Big Government.