Illegal Aliens And Identity Theft

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There are a number of ways - to put it mildly - in which illegal immigration is not a "victimless crime." Identity theft is one of the most blatant. If you are on the fence about whether this is an important issue: Take it from me, you probably want to read the rest of this post, especially if you are a parent.

This is a Guard the Borders Blogburst from Euphoric Reality.

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Illegal Alien Stole 10 yr old girl’s identity
By Toni at Bear Creek Ledger

How would you like to find out your child's identity had been stolen? You of course probably wouldn't know until the child reached adulthood.

Kern found out quite by accident when Hayley's application for the North Carolina Children's Health Insurance Program was initially rejected because her earned income was too high. Hayley is 10 years old. She doesn't have any earned income. Guess the Social Security Administration doesn't look at earned income for 10 year olds or 5 year olds for that matter. What she learned was that a man, an illegal immigrant in his 20s, had been working under Hayley's Social Security number for the past six years. [...] Rosario does not speak English. Through an interpreter, Knight learned that when Rosario came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 22, he was told he needed "work papers" to get a job. The working papers acquaintances provided was a Social Security card with Rosario's name and a fraudulent number. He believed the number was the "work papers" that allowed him to work in the U.S. Knight said Rosario was at a loss to understand what he had done wrong.

As much as I'd like to empathize with this Mexican man, I can't. I find it difficult to believe this man has been in the US working for 6 years and is unaware of the political fight going on with illegal aliens in this country. The one consistency with this man though; he has been in this country for 6 years, he can't speak any English and yet has a drivers license and vehicle. I'm surprised he hasn't purchased a home yet!

The mother, Shelly Kern now has the terrible task of trying to clear her childs identity. Clearing your child's name can be just as frustrating and infuriating as clearing an adult's name. Kern said maybe more so. First, she was referred to the regional Social Security Administration office where she was told there was nothing they could do. They sent her to the Employment Security Commission. Neither agency nor the DSS has enforcement powers, so Kern went to the Star Police Department. […] When Kern tried to order a credit report on her daughter, she hit obstacle after obstacle. 0nline, the credit reporting agencies want credit information that her daughter, at age 10, does not have and she cannot get a credit report for Rosario, no matter that the Social Security number is fraudulent. She has appealed to the N.C. Attorney General's Office for assistance.

Apparently this has been happening for years:

The practice of stealing, selling and using Social Security numbers from juveniles began over 20 years ago in southern California and has spread throughout the country. Apparently, the SSNs are obtained through brokers, who are primarily Permanent Legal Residents. The "brokers" physically monitor court house records of newborns, and obtain their birth registry issued SSNs from open public records, or from other Permanent Legal Residents/Naturalized Citizens who are employees of city and county government that have access to tax records.

The reason this illegal practice has been relatively successful is that the IRS/SSA doesn't note that one to five year old children shouldn't be working, despite the SSA records that show the age of number holders. Also, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is not known for pursuing this line of investigation.

If you have children you should really read the rest of this story since there's more information covered that you should know.

The Courier-Tribune :: News Page

H/T: ALIPAC Forum

And of course, I want to give a bit of promo to Dan Demay's song - Illegal.

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This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It was started by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we're going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration facing our country, join our Blogburst! Just send an email with your blog name and url to euphoricrealitynet at gmail dot com.

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9 Comments

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man said:

simple solution: give the man his own SS#, homes.

Or, say, make the "man" - or, if I may be so bold, the "men" because we may be talking about a PLURAL situation - gain citizenship through the legal process. This would at least imply the individuals intended to become Americans rather than remain economic migrants.

Loudoun Conservative said:

This is scary. I shouldn't be surprised but how horrible to be the victim in this situation (and, by "victim" I'm not referring to the illegal immigrants and the sharks that take advantage of them.

I just talked to a local employer about this at our meeting Tuesday night - the traffic in social security numbers is a HUGE deal. Once they find one that works it gets passed along in an ever-expanding circle. You can see the logic in taking them from kids because there's much less risk of getting noticed.

Had Enough said:

The same types of nightmare stories have surfaced nationwide. Here is another:

http://bearcreekledger.com/2006/06/20/illegals-using-fraudulent-social-security-numbers/

June 20, 2006
Illegals using fraudulent Social Security Numbers
Filed under: Congressional Stupidity, Illegal Immigration, DHS — Toni @ 6:58 am
The story about Audra Schmierer’s SSN being stolen and used by at least 81 illegal aliens emphasizes the disaster this theft creates for those who have had their identity stolen. But the Senate thinks this isn’t a major issue since they are willing to forgive millions of illegal aliens for this felony theft, not only are they willing to forgive this felony but they want to reward those committing the felony. Illegals who have worked in this country would be able to receive credit toward Social Security benefits for income earned using a fraudulent SSN.

When you have dozens of people using the same SSN how exactly is it that the Social Security Administration is supposed to assign the correct contributions to SS by person. Disregarding this defiance of logic, the more interesting point from Schmierer’s case was something I heard on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio program yesterday when Audra Schmierer was interviewed by Liddy. Turns out not one of the 81 illegals using her SSN paid any Social Security taxes. So, what we are continually being told by our bloviating Senators about how illegals are saving SSI is garbage, not that I ever believed them.

Here’s what you have to look forward to if an illegal alien steals your SSN. The Social Security Administration will do nothing to correct the issue, they don’t try to stop these illegals from using your SSN. They don’t contact or even allow ICE access to the records. For Schmierer, Social Security just zeroed out her SS account!! So, she has no records any longer of having contributed to SSI. Schmierer has to trust the Social Security Administration to recreate her history of SSI payments. Yeah, I’m sure that’ll happen! {snicker snicker}

Of course that isn’t all that has happened to Schmierer. She no longer can travel out of the country since her SSN is considered invalid and she will be detained upon re-entry. She’s even loathe to try air travel since that references her SSN for identity verification.

Schmierer also has problems with the IRS:

Schmierer realized she had a problem in February 2005, when she got a statement from the IRS saying she owed $15,813 in back taxes _ even though she had not worked since her son was born in 2000.

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Schmierer has done a little investigating of her own, combing through tax bills sent to her for names and locations of employers who hired people using her number.

She has also obtained more than 200 W-2 and 1099 tax forms that contained her Social Security number but different names. Schmierer provided copies of the records to The Associated Press.

People used her Social Security number from Florida to Washington state, at construction sites, fast-food restaurants and even major high-tech companies. Some opened bank accounts using the number.

California woman’s identity stolen by dozens of suspected illegal immigrants

Here’s my question to our Senators: Why is it when an illegal alien uses a stolen SSN it isn’t a felony crime but when an American citizen uses a stolen SSN it’s a felony crime?

American Citizens are the only people being prosecuted for any crimes in this country. The government has developed a very dangerous double standard.

As the illegal holed up in a Chicago church said, she was told before she came here that if she could make it over the border, nothing would happen to her.

Jack said:

Simple solution: Deport those who illegally use Social Security numbers, and the rightful owner of a number gets the benefits of the contributions made on his number.

-Jack

That's the thing: If I'm not mistaken, using a SS# that's not yours is already a felony and grounds for deportation, so this whole controversy about how the House bill would require massive deportations is sort of silly. According to current law it should already be happening.

Had Enough said:

It is apparent that no one on this board is aware that the senate version of the so called immigration reform bill that they negligently put together and voted on in May has a clause that illegal aliens who paid into anything into the social security system, while committing fraud, would be eligible to collect social security.

Also in that bill was a provision that the illegals would be guaranteed a certain hourly wage which is above any minimum wage paid to citizens.

There were also provisions to waiver some criminal backgrounds (they would not have been admitted here under current laws). They would be forgiven for hardships (hardships not specified). However, American Citizens are rejected everyday from social security disability even if they have worked for 30 or 40 years.

In addition, they would not be required to work a sepcified amount of time (such as 40 quarters).

We have become nothing more than a social service agency for mexico. mexico proudly announced earlier this year they have a balanced budget, I WONDER WHY!

The lawmakers of this country are working for mexico and mexicans!

yollie said:

the goverment makes it hard to report illegals,I know of a case this woman is a 25yr purchased ss# and it is a good number,she has established credit, bought a home, and has been milking the government(welfare) and works under another purchased social. I have been trying to report it but there is so much red tape to even make such a report. I know of several case where people have been deported and all they have to do is obtain another name and social. this cost tax payes money.

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