Republican senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska plans to introduce legislation on Monday that would prevent the beneficiaries of President Obama’s executive amnesty from obtaining Social Security Numbers. Sasse, the author of the legislation, will be joined by Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, who plans to be a co-sponsor.
In addition to denying amnesty beneficiaries Social Security Numbers, the Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act would also bar the federal government from relying upon Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson’s instructions to avoid following the letter of the law, as the Border Patrol has done in an effort to circumvent a federal judge’s injunction against the president’s November 2014 executive actions.
As NRO previously reported, illegal immigrants who benefit from the president’s newest executive actions will be eligible to collect Social Security benefits from the Old-Age, Survivor’s, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program beginning in 2017. Despite the federal judge’s injunction, the Social Security Administration is working under the assumption that the president’s amnesty will ultimately survive judicial scrutiny. Sessions and Sasse do not seem content to wait for a resolution from the courts.
The proposal is the latest effort by Republicans in Congress to clean up the collateral damage of Obama’s amnesty. It’s similar to legislation from the GOP in the House and Senate to block individual unlawful entrants from collecting thousands of dollars via the earned income tax credit, and it appears similarly unlikely to survive a presidential veto. But unlike Senate GOP leadership, which appears wary of another immigration battle in Congress, Sasse and Sessions seem ready for a direct confrontation with the Obama administration. Underscoring the urgency with which they view the issue, they have already written a letter to SSA commissioner Carolyn Colvin demanding to know how many illegal immigrants already received Social Security numbers as a result of the president’s newest executive actions.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated since its original posting.