Illegal immigration use rising ID theft crossing the border

July 12, 2010

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:

WSBTV (Atlanta) investigative report on US border security Part 1 _ Part 2

View the fence on the Arizona border by helicipter — it’s not what you’ve been led to believe

View illegals coming across the Arizona border from a motion sensor camera

Video of what immigrants they think of America AND Americans

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.”

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Needing immigrants to do those dirty jobs

September 8, 2009

The media continues to tell us that we need immigrants to do dirty jobs Americans’ won’t “do.” Are Americans unwilling to do those jobs or are they being pushed out of them? 

Watch Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs and decide for yourself who’s willing to do those dirty jobs.

This year President Obama said: I guarantee you will need an “education.”

I beg to differ with President Obama. And so should you.

But this isn’t just about President Obama. This is about the way we’ve begun to think as a country.

The foundation of this country was built on the integrity of performing an honest days work, superior workmanship and the quality of ones’ character. A mans word meant something and he returned what he borrowed. Always.

That’s our prestigious history, yet I never hear any emphasis on the characteristics that made this country the greatest in the world

Granted, a formal “education” has it’s place and it’s a noble goal set by families and individuals. Likewise, alot of Americans — not formally educated — have contributed to the historical building blocks that has made our country the greatest.  “Smarts” trumps a formal “education.” Smarts is what built this country.

Have you ever watched a construction site? Do you think those are college or ivy league “educated” people swinging those hammers?

Someone needs to swing the hammer, install the phone line, build the bridge, dig the ditch, fix the road, milk the cows and unplug the sewer line. The list is endless of  Americans we need to hold down those jobs that don’t need a college degree.

I saw a short interview with Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe. Dirty Jobs is a cable television show that gives viewers a glimpse of different dirty jobs across America. As a guest, Mike Rowe performs the spotlighted job for a day.

I applaud him.

Mike Rowe is the first person in this country who has publicly stood up for those people who are silently in the background keeping this country running. Those dirty jobs that don’t necessarily need a college education to perform.

Those jobs are equally as important in running this country. The people are educated who are doing those jobs although they may not have gone to college.

Those jobs will never go away.

When did the idea slip into our culture — without any dispute —  that Americans won’t do “those” jobs?

Our own government is suggesting citizenship to illegal immigrants in our country on the pretense that they are the only people who will do the work. I suppose it sounds better than to say illegals have permeated the employment opportunities for the less formally educated Americans in this country. Tomato. Ta-mah-to.

Again, I refer to Mike Rowe. Watch Dirty Jobs and make a mental note of who the people are doing those dirty jobs.

I refute the idea that Americans won’t do those jobs and that everyone needs a formal college degree.

Additionally, I offer a grateful thank you to all those Americans who are not being acknowledged.

I offer an apology for every hard working American without a formal college education for the way our President insinuates you are something less without a college degree.

I’m ashamed as an American to have bought into the two ideas.

So should you.

See how identity theft crosses over into the illegal immigration debate.


US Government says sensitive Clinton Administration records missing

May 20, 2009

A small, 2 pound external hard drive used for routine recopying to preserve records is missing according to a document released today by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA),
 
The two terabyte external hard drive, containing copies of Clinton Administration Executive Office of the President (EOP) data was last seen the first week of February.

Included missing is White House entry information or electronic address books. Also on the hard drive is personal identifying information (PII): names and social security numbers for former Clinton Administration staff and visitors to the White House complex.

The individuals involved in the potential breach will be notified by NARA.

NARA will offer a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the drive.


Johns Hopkins Hospital – patient info may have been “leaked”

May 15, 2009

Johns Hopkins Hospitals’ recent suspected loss of patient info being leaked out is a wake-up notice to the 10,200 patients who may have been affected.

While most individuals worry about credit card and identity theft being ripped off by a faceless savvy thief through some sort of sophisticated trickery. Some thieves might even dive into your garbage to retrieve sensitive data thrown out carelessly. We’re constantly being urged to be careful with our sensitive data.

The warnings are of little help to the 10,200 former patients of Johns Hopkins Hospital who are being advised to be alert for any improper activity with their accounts and identity because of a former employee.

The Johns Hopkins incident is another example of the little attention being given to thievery committed through “secure database” breaches (see article here) or used equipment being resold without destroying sensitive information written to it (see article here).  

Law enforcement agencies and some victims began reporting to Johns Hopkins as early as January of identity theft. Some victims only association with Baltimore—where the theft activities were focused–was the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Corporate security at Johns Hopkins has lead to the suspicion of one employee who worked in the patient registration area.

The information at risk in addition to insurance and physician information is social security number, name, address, telephone number, date of birth, names of mother and father.

The incident is still under investigation and no indictments have been issued.

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The daily obscure NEWS update is now available here along with the update on swine flu H1N1 statistics from the WHO and CDC can be seen here


Personal information left on discarded equipment overlooked

May 9, 2009

In a recent study, a security measure was overlooked time and time again — personal information was left on discarded electronic equipment.

With the recent ransom of eight million patient records in Virginia from a secure site and identity theft at an all time high, it’s troubling to learn personal information is being left on discarded memory equipment.

A new research study of memory disks bought through computer auctions, computer fairs and eBay has uncovered an alarming amount of personal and corporate information left on computers.

Of  300 disks examined, 34% still held sensitive personal data that could identify the individual. Identifying commercial data was also found on the hard drives.

Information included bank account details, medical records, confidential business plans, financial company data, personal id numbers, job descriptions and even launch procedures for a US military missile air defense system.

The study was carried out by BT’s Security Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Glamorgan in Wales, Edith Cowan University in Australia and Longwood University in the US.

“Of significant concern is the number of large organizations that are still not disposing of confidential information in a secure manner. In the current financial climate they risk losing highly valuable propriety data,” said Professor Andrew Blyth, who is in charge of research at the University of Glamorgan.


Online patient record and prescription data held ransom

May 7, 2009

The Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which holds over eight million patient records on it’s secure site has been breeched and is being held for a $10 million ransom.

According to Wikileaks the Virginia Presciption site has been under ransom notice since April 30, 2009.

The ransom message states, “I have your shit! In *my* possession, right now, are 8,257,378 patient records and a total of 35,548,087 prescriptions. Also, I made an encrypted backup and deleted the original. Unfortunately for Virginia, their backups seem to have gone missing, too. Uhoh :(For $10 million, I will gladly send along the password.”

According to Wikileaks, the PMP declined to comment and instantly referred inquiries to the director of the DHP, who is presently unavailable.

The issue was reported in the US Department of Homeland Security Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report today.


Supreme court rules on identity theft

May 4, 2009

May 4, 2009

A major Supreme Court ruling regarding identify theft came down today in the case of FLORES-FIGUEROA V. UNITED STATES.

A federal statute forbidding “[a]ggrivated identity theft” imposes a mandatory consecutive 2-year prison term on an individual convicted of certain predicate crimes if, during (or in relation to) the commission of those other crimes, the offender “knowingly … uses, without lawful authority a means of identification of another person.”

The petitioner, Flores-Figueroa, a Mexican citizen, gave his employer counterfeit Social Security and alien registration cards containing his name but other people’s identification numbers, he was arrested and charged with two immigration offenses and aggravated identity theft.

According to the ruling, the court has to prove a person knowingly used someone’s identification as opposed to making up a number and causing identity theft by chance.

See the question presented and court opinion of the US Supreme Court.