The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued 541,000 Social Security numbers (SSNs) to illegal aliens as a result of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration in 2012.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—which the president created in the summer of 2012 and which instructs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to give work permits to so-called “DREAMers”—has enabled more than half a million illegal immigrants to work legally in the United States, according to a letter from the SSA to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.).
“By the end of FY 2014, we had issued approximately 541,000 original SSNs to individuals authorized to work under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy since its inception,” the letter from Acting Commissioner of the SSA Carolyn Colvin said. “We do not maintain data on the number of individuals in this program who applied but were not issued SSNs under this policy.”
Colvin added that the process for granting SSNs is “rigorous.” Her agency currently has 6.5 million SSNs for 112-year-olds on file.
“We will not issue an SSN if an individual has insufficient or unacceptable documentation,” Colvin added.
The Washington Free Beacon previously reported that only 2.1 percent of DREAMers were denied work permits under the program.
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