Senators Ask Admin How Many Illegal Immigrants Have Already Received Social Security Numbers, Benefits
March 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) joined with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, in sending a letter Thursday to Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. In their letter, the Senators request information about how many illegal aliens have received Social Security numbers and benefits thus far under President Obama’s unlawful and unconstitutional executive amnesty.
“The American people have a right to know the full costs of President Obama's unlawful executive amnesty,” said Sasse. “The White House unilaterally re-wrote the laws and taxpayers are just beginning to learn the full scope of these actions. Congress has a duty to conduct oversight and hold the Administration accountable for its actions and use of taxpayer dollars.”
The text of the Senators’ letter is found below:
Dear Commissioner Colvin:
We write today to ask for current information about the number of individuals who have been granted Social Security Numbers pursuant to the administration’s deferred action policies.
It is our understanding that through January 8, 2013, the Social Security Administration had granted approximately 90,000 Social Security Numbers (SSNs) to noncitizens who were granted deferred action pursuant to the President’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. To assist us in our constitutional oversight responsibilities with respect to these matters, we ask that you provide us with the following information:
· How many individuals have applied for SSNs as a result of the June 15, 2012, memorandum issued by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children”?
· How many individuals have obtained SSNs as a result of the June 15, 2012, memorandum?
· How many individuals have applied for SSNs as a result of the November 20, 2014, memorandum issued by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children and with Respect to Certain Individuals Who are the Parents of U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents”?
· How many individuals have obtained SSNs as a result of the November 20, 2014, memorandum?
· Have any of these individuals applied for and received benefits under either the Social Security Disability Insurance program or the Supplemental Security Income program?
Thank you in advance for your efforts to assist us in this matter, we look forward to your response.