At present, Social Security takes into account a Social Security disability applicant's inability to speak English. The idea is that it is harder to find work if you do not speak English. Social Security is proposing to change their rules and stop taking lack of English into account when deciding if a person is disabled. You can read the details here.
Reasoning Hard To Understand
It is hard to understand what Social Security's reasoning here. There can be no real dispute that for those persons who don't speak English, work will be harder to find. The availability of work to disability applicants is a critical inquiry in any Social Security disability hearing. Without wanting to appear paranoid, the best explanation for this proposed rule change is that it reflects a bias against non-English speakers that is currently in vogue in
Washington DC. This idea sure seems like it originated with the current occupant of the Whitehouse.
Object Now While You Can
If you think that making bias against US citizens who happen not to have mastered English yet is good policy, you need to do nothing. If, however, you are bothered by this proposed change, let Social Security know. They are accepting comments. Go here and then click on Submit A Formal Comment.