CHICAGO (AP) — The White House says suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards should not be receiving millions of dollars in Social Security payments. It says the Social Security Administration and the Department of Justice work "within the confines of current law" to cut off benefits for criminals who should not receive them.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz says: "Our position is we don't believe these individuals should be getting these benefits."
Schultz was responding to an Associated Press investigation that found that dozens of Nazi suspects who had lived in the United States collected benefits after being forced out. The AP report showed that the benefits were used as leverage to persuade the suspected war criminals to leave the country.