Immigration Enforcement

Make E-Verify work

Tuesday, September 2

(updated 3:01 am)

Last week’s raid of a manufacturing plant in Mississippi put the spotlight back on illegal immigration. Netting almost 600, it’s the biggest immigration raid ever made on a U.S. plant.

The raid also put the spotlight on problems associated with E-Verify, a federal program that provides employers a link to government databases to determine workers’ legal status.

The company, Howard Industries Inc., was using E-Verify and other methods to check immigration status, yet it still employed hundreds illegally.

Much of the anomaly could stem from employees hired before the company began using E-Verify. It was reported that enforcers began investigating two years before Howard began checking workers’ status that way.

With such a large number detained, you have to wonder if someone at Howard didn’t mind hiring undocumented workers. Still, Howard’s employment problems likely also resulted from a glaring weakness of E-Verify: It has a hard time detecting identity theft.

If an illegal immigrant has stolen someone’s identity and is using both that person’s name and Social Security number, E-Verify often can’t determine that.

E-Verify is set to expire on Nov. 1, unless Congress reauthorizes it. Democratic Rep. Health Shuler, of western North Carolina, has proposed legislation that not only would continue E-Verify but expand it. Called the SAVE Act, it would phase in mandatory use of E-Verify by all employers.

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September 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Agriprocessors identity theft puts data of 230-plus at risk

By GRANT SCHULTE
© 2008, Des Moines Register and Tribune Company

The Social Security numbers used to employ illegal immigrants at Postville’s meatpacking plant were stolen from people in at least 25 states, including two people from Iowa, and from 38 people who are dead, an analysis by The Des Moines Register shows.

The identity theft exposed during the federal raid at Agriprocessors Inc. may have imperiled the private information of more than 230 citizens and lawful immigrants whose Social Security or resident alien numbers were used by the illegal workers.
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Authorities also found evidence that a human resources department employee helped distribute about 96 false resident alien cards, according to court papers. The cards, commonly known as green cards, were grouped in stacks and appear to have been made by the same forger.

Nearly 70 percent of the immigrants who were targeted in federal warrants – the documents that helped justify the raid – remain at large.

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August 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nation’s Largest Chicken Producer Raided for Immigration Identification Scam

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas — Federal agents say their case for a series of workplace raids in five U.S. states was strengthened by identity theft victims who recounted stories of plummeting credit scores and medical benefits denied.

Federal authorities carried out the sweeps Wednesday, arresting hundreds of workers at Pilgrim’s Pride chicken plants on charges of identity theft, document fraud and immigration violations.

Authorities also arrested dozens of workers at a doughnut factory in Houston, and the operators of a chain of Mexican restaurants in upstate New York.

Authorities said agents investigating a scheme to provide documents for illegal immigrant workers had tracked down several of the identity theft victims.

“Identity theft is a horrible problem that can ruin a person’s good name,” said Julie Myers, homeland security assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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April 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tennessee Couple Faces $7,854 Tax Bill Due To Illegal Alien Identity Theft

By Digger

Lora and Jamey Costner are getting a taste of what illegal alien identity theft causes. They received a nice $7,854 tax bill from the IRS for wages they earned at Koch Foods for the 2005 tax year. The only problem is that neither one of them has ever worked at Koch Foods. They are the victims of the “victimless crime” of identity theft that is used by virtually every illegal alien in this country.

Two illegal aliens used their identities to gain employment and now the Costner’s are facing the chance that the IRS could start garnishing their wages any day and removing the “owed” money straight from their bank account without warning.

In addition, Mrs Costner was denied worker’s compensation when she was hurt on the job because she was “working” at Koch Foods.

Don’t worry though, these illegal aliens are only here to work and nobody really is a victim of them.

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December 16, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized, united states | , | Leave a comment