YOUR OPINION: Illegal Immigrants are Committing a Cascade of Crimes

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Ilene Davis: Social security numbers are vulnerable to identity theft by illegal immigrants

ILENE DAVIS: A person illegally in the U.S. should not, by existing federal law, be able to get a valid social security number. A person illegally in the U.S. should not be able to get a valid social security number. If they get a card by other means, they are potentially stealing someone else’s identity. That is a crime.

While someone new to the U.S. can work temporarily without a social security number, they must, however, apply for one immediately and provide it to an employer within 90 days of starting a job.

A person illegally in the U.S. should not be able to get a valid social security number. If they get a card by other means, they are potentially stealing someone else’s identity. That is a crime.

Identity theft is a crime beyond just entering the country illegally, and depending on how that social security number is used by someone it doesn’t really belong to, the legitimate owner’s life could be financially, possibly even criminally, damaged.

Also, if the stolen identity is used for certain financial transactions, that seems to be committing fraud, which is, on top of all of the other breaches of the rule of law, another crime.

Federal law requires businesses to submit worker documents that “on their face reasonably appear to be genuine,” the law says. But fake papers including social security cards are easily obtained by illegal immigrants.

So, for someone illegally in the country to work, they have to commit multiple crimes, some of which could damage the financial and legal status of a legal American.

It seems, in fairness to legal citizens and legal immigrants, that illegal immigrants who use a social security card that is not legally theirs should have their assets seized and be immediately deported as a danger to the person whose social security number they used.

This all seems pretty straightforward and common sense rule of law…or am I missing something?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ilene Davis, CFP

Ilene Davis, a resident of Brevard County since 1971, is a Certified Financial Planner with a bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, a bachelors degree in Accounting from Rollins College, and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.  

Davis became a stockbroker in 1982, earned her designation as a Certified Financial Planner in 1984, and with a desire to serve clients more on her own terms, opened her own financial consultant office in Cocoa Village in 1986.

She has combined her professional and personal experience with keen financial insight and instinct into her first book, Wealthy By Choice: Choosing Your Way To A Wealthier Future, which was recently published by Tablet Publications of Cocoa Beach and is now available on Amazon.comBarnesandNoble.comTabletPublications.com and ChoosingWealth.com

She is committed to helping each client create their own “Financial Freedom Fund,” and believes strongly in free market capitalism and a “hand up rather than a hand-out” as the best path to prosperity.

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