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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What the press isn’t saying about illegal immigration

April 23, 2010

Curious why the new term “human trafficking” is often paired with “illegal immigration” in the news I started digging around and was surprised with my findings. If what I’ve read is correct it may be another slithery piece of legislation no one is talking about – except the illegals.

In a world of political correctness where “illegal alien” has been replaced with “undocumented immigrant”; “Manmade disaster” replaces  “terrorism”; has “smuggling” been replaced with “trafficking?

Why are news reports escalating about Mexican nationals involved in human trafficking? After all, living close to the border I’ve heard of human smuggling for years when the police catch illegals.

Why the change in phrase from “smuggling” to “trafficking”?

Imagine a group of people crossing the US border illegally with the assistance of a “coyote” (person paid to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border). Friends, family and organizations often assist settling the immigrant into his new life once across the border. 

Now imagine the same group of individuals crossing into the US and gathering inside a residence. Once securely inside a residence, shoes are removed and an “anonymous” phone call is made to “tip” authorities that the address is harboring “victims” of human trafficking, frequently with claims of beatings and ransoms.  When the authorities raid the residence the “victims” are rescued and the  “coyote” is long gone.

The difference between how an illegal is officially listed as entering this country may be the difference between being shipped back where they came from or given all the perks of a “victim” in his new home.

Is the first scenario considered human smuggling while the latter is cited human trafficking?

By definition, a smuggler will facilitate illegal entry into a country for a fee, but on arrival at their destination, the smuggled person is usually free. Trafficking involves a process of using physical force, fraud or deception to obtain and transport people.

An illegal discovered in this country from human smuggling will be arrested and deported.

An illegal discovered in this country as a “victim” of human trafficking receives United States emergency services including shelter, case management, interpretation services, medical care, dental care, crisis counseling, legal/immigration assistance, criminal justice system advocacy, job training and transportation under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). In addition, a T Visa may be available for the “victim” and qualifying family members.

The “T” visa is a nonimmigrant classification for people who are victims of a severe form of human trafficking. The “U” visa status is a nonimmigrant classification for victims of certain crimes who are willing to assist government officials in the investigation of the criminal activity. On 12/8/2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an interim final rule that allowed “T” and “U” nonimmigrants to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents.

Certain qualifying family members are eligible for a derivative T visa. If primary T visa holder is under 21 years of age then he may apply for a derivative T visa on behalf of the spouse, children, parents and unmarried siblings under age 18. If primary T visa holder is over 21 years of age then he may apply on behalf of his spouse and children.

Have the illegals found a loophole in our legal system simply by taking off their shoes, placing an anonymous phone call and creating a story?

Illegal immigrations details:
Some believe as many as 20 million illegal immigrants are in the United States. With news of “Immigration Reform” coming from Washington “undocumented immigrants” are flooding across the border in hopes of becoming American citizens.

Repeated attempts to enter this country are so frequent that the US government has reportedly spent over $51M in past years flying illegal aliens farther into Mexico’s interior in an attempt to reduce ease of re-crossing the border.

“…crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil.” – 4/19/2009 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (former Gov. of AZ).
 
Human rights activists have placed water on the US side of the border to aid illegals.

A cell phone application, coined the Transborder Immigrant Tool has been developed by a professor at U.C. San Diego. Working like a GPS system in a car, it helps guide illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Homeland Security Department has stated that it’s $2 billion virtual border fence has been a “complete failure,” and is trying to figure out how to proceed.

When we think of a fence along the border we perceive a fence something akin to the Great Wall of China refusing penetration. In reality, the fence – where there is one — is ten feet tall and made of mesh material. I found an informative YouTube video explaining how the government calculates border “fencing” — I learned more about our border “war” in these few minutes than I have from combined media coverage.

Arizona is the busiest border crossing point for illegals. On late friday of 4/23/2010 — a cool 70 degree day by Arizona standards — the Governor of Arizona signed into law Senate Bill 1070 — the toughest measure against illegal immigration in the country. The new law would ramp up law enforcement by allowing the police to request, upon reasonable suspicion of anyone being in the country illegally to produce “an alien registration document,” such as a green card, or be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and pay a minimum $500 fine. It would be a state crime to be in the country illegally and bar what is called “sanctuary city” policies.

Arizona Governor  Jan Brewer declared upon signing the bill into law “decades of federal inaction and misguided policies” have created “a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”

Obama called the Arizona Senate bill 1070 “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal.

According to the press the country is outraged.

According to Rassmussen Reports 70% of Arizona voters favor the new law.

According to the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) website “Hundreds of Arizona voters, youth, and community activists are pushing for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill.”

School kids texted each other and ditched school to enjoy the beautiful weather outside to participate in the demonstration outside the state capital. As in the past, school administrators are not discouraging the juveniles from their right to free speech.

I ran across this old, yet interesting YouTube video and it saddened me.