Disability Policy Reportedly Fast-Tracks Applicants Who Can’t Speak English
No English? No problem! A little known Social Security policy considers a person’s ability to learn English when determining disability eligibility.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sent a letter to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin last week to express concerns about a disability policy that may fast-track Americans who can’t speak English.
The policy allows people to qualify for benefits more quickly if “they are incapable of communicating in English.”
Elizabeth Harrington, of the Washington Free Beacon, explained the policy on “Fox and Friends.”
“It's almost a loophole. It's a little policy that Sen. Sessions is worried is being misconstrued by the Social Security Administration,” she said.
Harrington pointed out that Social Security disability insurance is meant for American citizens who can no longer work due to physical or mental impairment. To become an American citizen, one must demonstrate a basic knowledge of the English language. However, at these hearings, Harrington said that applicants are saying through an interpreter that they can’t speak English.
Disability applications have gone up 230 percent in the last decade, according to a report.
Watch Harrington’s full interview above.