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Federal Beenefits Because Puerto Ricans Sppeak Spanish?!!

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  • Federal Beenefits Because Puerto Ricans Sppeak Spanish?!!

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.
    According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.
    “We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the English-language grid rules for claimants who reside in Puerto Rico, even though Spanish is the predominant language spoken in the local economy,” the OIG said.
    The audit said a person applying for disability in Puerto Rico who cannot speak English “may increase his/her likelihood of receiving disability benefits.”
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    IMO this is counterproductive, we should be encouraging Puerto Ricans to become bilingual. Fact is, Puerto Ricans will always be moving to the mainland and back and forth, and unless they are fluent in English they will be restricted to working minimum wage jobs and that is a leading cause of why Puerto Ricans have such high rates of poverty and poor educational ratings. Study after study has revealed that those Puerto Ricans - both on the island and on the mainland - who are fluently bilingual have much higher incomes and a higher standard of living than those who can only speak Spanish.

    There's nothing wrong with bilingualism - Spanish as a first language and English as a second language. English will never be able to completely replace Spanish - 117 years of us Gringos using every trick in the book bears this out. We get it, we're not trying to get rid of Spanish ... we are trying to ensure that every school kid in Puerto Rico is given the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century and that requires English fluency. This isent some Gringo scheme to erase the Spanish language ... it's common sense.
    Last edited by ChrisF1987; 07 Apr 15, 21:20.


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      Is "beenefits" an intentional pun?
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