This GoFundme is to help Mr. Jose Luis Vaello Madero to pay the discriminatory debt imposed by the United States Government. Any remaining funds will be distributed to any other similar person who the government has discriminated against based on residing in Puerto Rico and SSI benefits.
Jose Luis Vaello Madero was born in Puerto Rico in 1954. In 1985, he moved to New York, he began receiving Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) after suffering from a serious illness.
Vaello Madero later moved back to Puerto Rico and he continued to receive monthly SSI payments of between $733 and $808 via direct deposit after he returned to Puerto Rico.
In June 2016, Vaello Madero, approaching his 62d birthday, went to a Social Security Administration office in Puerto Rico to apply for Title II Social Security benefits.
After visiting Social Security Administration, Social Security Administration reduced Vaello Madero's SSI benefits to $0, retroactively effective in August 2013. By letter, the Administration notified Vaello Madero that he was “outside of the United States” while he was living in Puerto Rico. The United States has been ruling Puerto Rico since 1898.
In 2017, the United States filed suit against Vaello Madero to recover the $28,081 (plus interest, costs, and attorney’s fees) that it calculated Vaello Madero had illegally cashed while he resided in Puerto Rico.
Vaello Madero then challenged the United States and claimed that excluding U.S. citizens residing in Puerto Rico from the SSI program violated the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Congress may treat people in Puerto Rico differently than those residing in the States even if the laws purposely exclude those in Puerto Rico.
Asociación de Abogados Puertorriqueños Soberanistas en Washingon DC.