Social Security Numbers Given to Illegal Aliens…but Which Ones?
The more than 100,000 illegal aliens who have been granted deferred action through DACA could now be eligible to receive Social Security numbers.Or not. No one is really sure, because Social Security Administration (SSA) officials are keeping their lips sealed.According to a fact sheet SSA posted online for DACA applicants, “if the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants you Deferred Action status and employment authorization, you may be eligible for a Social Security number.” (See SSA Fact Sheet, Sept. 10, 2012; emphasis added)Aside from this, SSA has offered no further details to DACA applicants—or anyone else—on who specifically qualifies.Even Members of Congress can’t get answers from SSA, despite being entitled to the information. In November, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) sent a letter to SSA with specific questions about their procedures. (Rep. Gingrey Letter, Nov. 14, 2012) Some of the questions included:
- What criteria do you use to determine which approved DACA applicants will be awarded Social Security numbers?
- Under what circumstances will an individual be denied a Social Security number?
- How many DACA immigrants, to date, have received Social Security numbers?
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