U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has said he will introduce legislation to close a loophole that has allowed Nazis expelled from the U.S. to collect Social Security benefits. A new investigation by the Associated Press revealed that dozens of Nazi war criminals have received Social Security benefits years after being forced out of the U.S.
Schumer pledged to introduce the legislation soon and push for speedy consideration. Schumer will introduce the legislation with Senator Bob Casey. “It is simply perverse that these criminals have been able to live comfortably abroad thanks to the American taxpayer,” Senator Schumer said. “I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will work hard to right this wrong once and for all.”
“I am so pleased that Senators Bob Casey and Chuck Schumer will be leading this effort in the Senate,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “I could not ask for better partners. We must work in an expeditious manner to terminate these benefits once and for all. The American taxpayer should not be subsidizing the retirements of those guilty of the worst atrocities in human history.”
The bill, now supported by the World Jewish Congress, would deny federal public benefits to individuals who have been participants in Nazi persecution. Under the bill, if an immigration judge finds that an individual has participated in Nazi persecution, that judge is required to promptly issue an order declaring him or her ineligible for any federal public benefits and prohibiting any person from providing such benefits, and to transmit a copy of the order to anyone known to be providing such benefits or to have received an application for them.
The bill authorizes the attorney general to review any finding or order. Those whose benefits are affected would be able to obtain judicial review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.