Puerto Ricans Qualify as Disabled for Social Security Because They Can’t Speak English

puerto ricoHundreds of Puerto Rico’s residents qualified for federal disability benefits in recent years because they lacked fluency in English, according to government auditors.

The Social Security Administration’s inspector general questioned the policy this month in light of the fact that Spanish is the predominant language in the U.S. territory.

Under Social Security regulations, individuals are considered less employable in the United States if they can’t speak English, regardless of their work experience or level of education.

In a report this month, the independent watchdog suggested that a more appropriate standard might be to consider local conditions when making benefits decisions.

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 95 percent of Puerto Rico residents above age 5 speak Spanish at home, and about 84 percent say they do not speak English “very well.” (Read more from “Puerto Ricans Who Can’t Speak English Qualify as Disabled for Social Security” HERE)

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  • Nam1

    Simple remedy… Willingness to learn

  • Dowhatsrigh

    And those among us that worked for years and paid into it get so little back that it is a disgrace. Our seniors are losing their homes, going without medicine because they don’t get enough to buy food and medicine. They don’t even give the seniors a raise equal to inflation. Instead they give it to these people because they can’t speak English. No wonder our Social Security is going broke. Next they will be giving it to gays because they are gay.

    • John Liberty

      The liberal left doesn’t care about the Middle-class, for THEY already have “theirs”. Why would a President “of, for and by the People” do what he is doing? Because the “representatives” of the People allow him to do it by remaining silent … or simply “investigating” … without standing up to oppose Herr Obama.

      “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
      – Margaret Thatcher.

  • fatman45

    And yet we refuse to make English the official language. Huh!


    No habla anglais……Kin I geet sum more mo monie now por favor?

  • John Liberty

    This President and Hillary have NO SHAME for the sweat and toil of the average “middle-class” American. Our cash is their implement … to enslave our future children and grandchildren by debt.
    What is to stop him from giving “reparations” to all of non-white color ???
    He unilaterally approved it to illegal Latino’s already.
    So what would stop him from doing the same thing for generations of former “enslaved blacks” … 5 generations removed … from those “chains that bind” ???

    “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.