Stolen Social Security Numbers Used To Get Jobs

For two decades, Congress has neglected to fix failed immigration legislation, leaving the U.S. with a maze of contradictory laws that discourage immigrants from coming, yet encourage them to stay.

* Illegal workers have received taxpayer money to help build N.C. roads, with neither the federal government nor state agencies requiring contractors to verify workers’ documents.
* The IRS and Social Security Administration know of possibly millions of cases in which illegal workers use someone else’s Social Security number to get a job — but they don’t let you know if it’s your number being used and don’t use that information to crack down on the workers.
* The IRS and SSA also don’t act upon information that tells them which employers are the most egregious in submitting fraudulent Social Security wage reports — including one company that used the same Social Security number for 2,580 worker reports.
* Local enforcement officials say they arrest an average of one document counterfeiter every three weeks, and they say there could be hundreds of counterfeit operations in the Charlotte region — some selling Social Security numbers for as little as $30.

All of which was supposed to be prevented in fall 1986, when House and Senate leaders revived a fragile immigration package just days before Congress adjourned.

The Immigrant Reform and Control Act was historic legislation, supporters said, a responsible mix of open arms and closed doors. Signed quickly by President Ronald Reagan, the law tightened border security while legalizing 3 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States.

It was, the bill’s sponsor believed, the last amnesty this country would need.

One Response to “Stolen Social Security Numbers Used To Get Jobs”

  1. Harry L. Hughes Says:

    Making and using false identification is way too easy. Even newer ID’s with barcodes and holograms are easily manufactured using the home computer. If we stop illegal immigration, a multitude of criminal activity will ultimately decline.

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