President Trump is quickly determining all the areas of government waste allowed to fester under Democrats.
A new audit reveals that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has paid out over $1 billion to individuals without a Social Security Number (SSN). Presumably, most of these payments went to illegal immigrants. (via Fox News)
The funds went missing as a result of errors in the way the administration documents representative payees — people who receive social assistance on behalf of another who is incapable of handling their finances.
Over the last decade, 22,426 representative payees received a billion dollars in benefits even though the government had no SSN, or a record of the original application.
The agency’s inspector general determined that an additional $853 million was paid to representative payees who were terminated by the agency.
“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” explained the inspector general.
The error occurred because the SSA did not retain the applications supporting social assistance, and because the computer system was not updated when a recipient was determined.
In total, only six percent of representative payees had any SSN data on record. Additionally, the inspector general determined that at least 17 percent of recipients were illegal aliens.
These illegal alien representative payees were typically receiving benefits on behalf of their children, who may or may not be American citizens. Existing rules allow illegal aliens to receive benefits on behalf of a citizen. The “absence of an SSN is not a criterion preventing an individual from serving as payee,” the agency explained.
The rules allowing illegal immigrants to receive social security benefits was allowed to grow under former President Obama. The Democrats had no intention to scale back the unjust payments because they were being granted to their fastest-growing constituency.
However, this level of waste completely undermines our system of social security. Taxpayers should not be on the hook for billions of dollars going towards non-Americans.
President Trump should step up and end this program immediately. The federal government is wasteful, and needs to be scrubbed clean.