Sessions Lies About Unemployment Benefits Going To ‘Illegals’

MasonLast week, on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) proclaimed that Democrats are trying to prevent him from submitting an amendment that would prevent “illegals” from accessing jobless benefits. Sessions is upset that the Senate has denied his amendment to the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act requiring new unemployment benefit applicants to have their citizenship status checked using E-Verify — a controversial and error-ridden web-based employment verification system.

Sessions said, unequivocally, that undocumented immigrants are currently receiving unemployment benefits and are being “rewarded” for their “illegal behavior” by applying with their Social Security Numbers (SSN):

SESSIONS: What we want them to do is, like we’re asking businesses to do, is check with E-verify to see if the person who seeks unemployment insurance and compensation is actually lawfully in the country. That can be done, but they do not want to do that for reasons that baffle me and frankly have said that nothing is going to be voted on…

CAVUTO: So, are illegals presently getting jobless benefits, you can say that unequivocally?

SESSIONS: Yeah, uh, and they file using their Social Security Numbers and they get the benefits and if you check those numbers you would identify some of the people who shouldn’t be getting it. One of the more simple things you should do is simply not reward this illegal behavior.

Watch it:

To begin with, only US citizens individuals who are authorized to work are issued SSNs. Undocumented immigrants may possess stolen or fake SSNs, but if they try to apply for public benefits, the likelihood of them getting caught is very high. Phony SSNs immediately raise a red flag and stolen ones are easily identifiable in states that cross-match SSNs against the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) database and in all cases in which the theft has been reported.

Ultimately, most undocumented immigrants wouldn’t touch federal unemployment insurance with a ten foot pole. They’re in the US to work, not to collect public benefits. Chances are if they lose their job, they’ll just keep looking for another one before risking deportation and possible jail time. “It’s such a red herring — undocumented workers are too scared to apply for these kinds of benefits — they know the consequences of getting caught,” Jodi Conti of the National Employment Law Project tells Wonk Room.


Millions of US citizens are unemployed and they do qualify for and depend on unemployment benefits. However, if E-verify were instituted a 4% error rate could be devastating. In other words, for every million citizens that are unemployed, unemployment benefits for 40,000 American families could be denied or delayed due to errors in the SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases. The current number of total unemployed persons is currently at 15.1 million.

Andrea Christina Nill

Republished with permission from the Wonk Room/Think Progress


  1. pasadena observer says

    The Market demands their labor and they comply. Any honest economists accepts that their contributions to GDP far outweigh whatever benefits they receive. Keeping in mind that illegal aliens do not qualify for benefits except for emergency room treatment and schooling for non citizen children.

  2. Brittancus says

    After this battle that has stirred Americans tempers over Health Care Reform, the explosion of angry voices is going to be nothing in comparison to potential immigration reform issue. Just read the revolutionary talk on the Internet as Texas bloggers are declaring their right to secede from the union. Others less obvious are referring to the “Lock and load” if another AMNESTY is slipped by the American people. Thousands of bloggers have investigated this Goliath problem that is effecting every taxpayer in this nation. They are aware President Obama along with the Democratic devious representatives, such as Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, have used underhand tactics, to slice away E-Verify that had become a major deterrent in the workplace in removing illegal labor. 287 G, the state, county police federal program is apprehend illegal immigrants is also under scrutiny. Napolitano has already slimmed down ICE raids because all these federal funded programs were working,

    I think that every prudent American and legal resident knows that this is the commencing alarm, that a Comprehensive citizenship path is on the way. Whether or not, Democrats have the backbone to do battle over an–AMNESTY FIGHT –with the American legal population, for as with Bush he lost? Now they are in secret consultation with the Supreme court, over Arizona’s right to enforce their own immigration enforcement. They might ask the Supreme Court why these personages are not addressing the birthright citizenship law, that has been distorted by Liberals. In addition they might revise California proposition 187, that mysteriously–intentionally never reached the supreme court for judicial assessment. The fact is neither past administrations enforced the 1986 Simpson/Massoli bill, because it was contrary to corporate welfare, and their need to hire discount workers from other counties.

    Nothing can contradict that any political party has fully enforced or funded the border, because its never been in globalist-open-border lobbyists interest. IT NEVER WAS THE AMERICANS PEOPLES FAULT, but those who take the oath of office to defend us all. Instead of years of neglect we have 20 to 30 million illegal aliens we are financially supporting with many government benefits.We should scrutinize carefully who to vote for in 2010, starting with Sen. Harry Reid, who needs to learn a hard lesson WE certainly don’t need another AMNESTY, with more mouths to feed, so jam the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your politician. READ THE ACTUAL FACTS NOT LIES ABOUT IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT, THE CORRUPTION AT NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIAL WATCH & CAPSWEB.

  3. Gary says

    7,000 people a day losing extended unemployment benefits. Over 200,000 already have lost benefits.

    THE LIST of the irresponsible republicans still saying no to passing the H.R.3548 – Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009. Unbelievable! Everyone pass this list along everyone you know. And post it everywhere you can on the internet! These politicians do not serve the people and do not deserve their job. Vote them out of office and a job.

    Sen. John Barrasso [R, WY]
    Sen. Christopher Bond [R, MO]
    Sen. Jim Bunning [R, KY]
    Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK]
    Sen. John Cornyn [R, TX]
    Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC]
    Sen. Michael Enzi [R, WY]
    Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC]
    Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT]
    Sen. James Inhofe [R, OK]
    Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R, AL]
    Sen. David Vitter [R, LA]
    Sen. Roger Wicker [R, MS]

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