March 17, 2015
Last night, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse introduced the Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act, legislation to ensure that new Social Security Numbers are not issued to illegal aliens receiving deferred action under the President’s unlawful executive amnesty.
“Presidents should enforce the laws—not unilaterally rewrite them—and it’s time for Congress to hold this Administration accountable,” said Sasse. “By preventing this Administration from issuing new Social Security Numbers to illegal aliens, the ABE Act would help restore the rule of law and save taxpayers billions of dollars.”
“Washington shouldn’t give special treatment to illegal aliens. This used to be bipartisan, common sense: in 1996, when President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich worked to reform welfare, Congress made Social Security Numbers a prerequisite for the Earned Income Tax Credit precisely to make sure that benefits did not go to individuals who broke the law.
“Unfortunately, by offering new Social Security Numbers and payments under the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Administration is undermining the spirit of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act and opening the possibility for amnesty bonuses of more than $24,000 in some cases.”
Background on the Amnesty Bonuses Elimination (ABE) Act:
President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty would allow millions of illegal aliens to obtain Social Security Numbers and, with them, billions of dollars in federal benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, illegal aliens will file an estimated 800,000 claims for $2 billion in EITC benefits.
The ABE Act would ensure that new SSNs are not issued to anyone who receives deferred action under the President’s executive amnesty. Specifically, it would amend the Social Security Act to prohibit the Commissioner of Social Security from providing new Social Security accounts to anyone who receives deferred action as a result of the Administration’s actions on June 15, 2012 and November 20, 2014.
On February 6, 2015, Senator Ben Sasse and Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Treasury Inspector General Russell George, the federal government’s IRS watchdog, seeking answers regarding previously undisclosed consequences of the Administration’s new policy of deferred action.
Last week, on March 13, 2015, Sasse 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, requesting information about how many illegal aliens have received Social Security numbers and benefits thus far under President Obama’s unlawful and unconstitutional executive amnesty.