U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of 107 fraudulent travel documents used for illegal entry into the United States through the California/Mexico border during it’s week long multi-agency effort dubbed “Operation Gatekeeper” in June 2010. (see links to videos on illegal immigration at end of post)
Forty-seven individuals with counterfeit or altered passports or visas and 60 imposters, persons with a genuine document that did not belong to them were discovered.
Twenty-seven cases of passport fraud and eight cases of visa fraud will be prosecuted and if convicted face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. Approximately 60 individuals using U.S. passports or visas illegally were formally deported to Mexico in lieu of criminal prosecution.
“Persons with a genuine document that did not belong to them” would constitute identity theft — a minimum mandatory sentence of two years. The same number of folks who had executed identity theft were also released and deported without prosecution. (It’s become harder to prosecute ID thieves as my other post “Supreme Court rules on identity theft” indicates)
“The word is out that you need an approved travel document to cross the border into the United States,” said Paul Morris, director of CBP field operations in San Diego. “We have seen those attempting illegal entry adjust to this new requirement from last year, and have observed increased illicit use of U.S. passports and visas by smugglers. We will recommend vigorous prosecution of those we apprehend with fraudulent documents.”
“There are foreign nationals who fraudulently acquire U.S. passports and visas to carry out criminal activities inside our borders. These crimes threaten the national security of the United States, plain and simple,” said Garth Pettijohn, acting special agent-in-charge of the DSS Los Angeles Field Office
From October 1, 2009 through April 30, CBP officers in the San Diego Field Office seized 2,238 U.S. passports and 11,712 border crossing and legal permanent resident cards that were used by aliens attempting to enter the United States illegally.
How could the federal government, prosecute employers knowing that this epidemic of ID theft is going on? Employers have no way of knowing if the employee has stolen someone’s identity to gain employment — even E-verify wouldn’t catch it.
How can Americans stand by while the US government turns a blind eye to illegals are stealing our identities without prosecution?
Videos of the border and illegal immigration:
View the fence on the Arizona border by helicipter — it’s not what you’ve been led to believe
Joyce Kaufman — (15 min) Educate one person — 850 WFTL talk show host Joyce Kaufman speaking about illegal immigration before a gathering in Jupiter Florida.
View Congressional testimony of what illegal immigration has done to hospital care in Florida
View an anology of the impact of immigration into our country
View the elected official doesn’t know Arizona sits on the border
Add that elected official to this elected official who believes Guam will capsize (nothing to do with immigration but demonstrates who who we’re electing to make decisions in our country)
View this elected officials’ contempt when interacting with a citizen at a town hall meeting discussing the illegal immigration situation with a “minuteman.”