Representatives García, Grijalva, Costa, Schakowsky and 43 More Call on Social Security to Suspend Practice that Disproportionately Targets Immigrants

May 3, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Jim Costa (CA-16) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) joined Latinos for Secure Retirement, Social Security Works and the National Immigration Law Center to denounce the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to harass immigrants and working people. In the spring of 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) revived a practice of targeting immigrant workers known as the “No-Match Letter” program. This policy change will increase discrimination against immigrant workers, including those with valid Social Security numbers. The policy change will also cause unnecessary hardships for small businesses and farmers.

Rep. García and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03) led 44 Members of Congress in a letter to Nancy Berryhill, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, demanding the immediate suspension of the No-Match letter program. 

“Trump keeps finding more ways to harm workers and immigrants, and this initiative is another weapon in the Administration’s arsenal. Last week I heard from a non-profit organization in my district that received one of these letters. The “No-Match” letter can be caused by something as small as a typo in someone’s name. During the Bush Administration many workers were fired, including many American citizens and Legal Permanent Residents. Our communities and families experienced fear and unexpected job loss. Now it is happening again,” said Rep. García.

“The duplicative process of sending No-Match letters to both employers and employees is a drain on the Social Security Administration’s resources while creating unnecessary problems for small businesses and their employees,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “The administrative costs associated with this waste should instead be redirected towards hiring additional staff, clearing disability backlogs, and fully staffing field offices to ensure better service to all receiving Social Security benefits.”

“Once again, the Trump Administration is using scare tactics to hurt our workers and our small business,” said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. “These No-Match letters are ineffective, wasteful and unnecessary. They will simply put a burden on employers while hurting workers and costing people their jobs.”

Of the hundreds of thousands of letters sent under the Bush Administration, only 2% of inaccurate files were corrected,  and it cost taxpayers $1.3 million dollars to issue these letters.

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To view the letter, click here.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Social Security No-Match letters go to:

National Immigration Law Center.

Find a list of organizations endorsing the suspension of the No Match Letters and the letter they sent to the Social Security Administration on this link.

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