Until now, Social Security took into account a person's ability to speak English when determining if that person could hold a job. This does not seem like a radical idea. Logically, the inability to speak English is going to eliminate all manner of employment opportunities. In my experience, the lack of English speaking abilities was never the deciding factor in a claimant's Social Security disability case. Rather, it was just one more factor, and rarely the issue that determined the outcome of a case.
Too Logical To Last
Perhaps because considering whether a person speaks English is logical, Social Security had to change their rules. The regulations are going to eliminate the ability to speak English as a factor in Social Security disability cases. This becomes effective on April 27, 2020. I'm sure that Social Security concocted enough
ostensible reasons for this change to push it through. They likely have reams of documents and expert opinions. That said, it's hard not to see the hand of racism pushing this new regulation forward.
Is it mere coincidence that Social Security is taking a step that punishes non-English speakers at this time? It just so happens that this will make it harder for say, Spanish speakers, to get government benefits? I'm sure that's the case and there is no connection to other government actions designed to make it harder for non-English speakers to get assistance.
Time will tell what effect this change will have. It seems very likely that it will result in many more Spanish-speaking Social Security disability claimants being denied. I hate to think that this is the precise reason for Social Security to change its regulations. But, it sure looks that way.