Immigration Enforcement

After 4 Senate Victories, How Do We Protect Them From Backroom Death?

By Roy Beck, Friday, July 10, 2009, 1:05 PM

What a week!

And, yes, the results were just as wonderful and just as scary as you might hope and fear.

Most of you are shocked by the Senate’s passage of 4 strong immigration enforcement amendments that would open up hundreds of thousands of jobs to unemployed Americans over the next year alone. Maybe even millions of jobs!

The Sessions E-Verify amendmentThe DeMint fence amendmentThe Vitter no-match amendment. The Grassley E-Verify amendment.

Rightfully, many of you are skeptical.  You are asking us: Did the Senate Democratic Leadership — that has opposed everything that favors unemployed Americans over illegal aliens — suddenly “allow” us to win as a kind of trap? What’s the trick?

First,  you really do need to take a minute to celebrate (just a little). Your pressure has caused the Democratic leadership to retreat a bit. The fact that congressional leaders believe that they have to concede some victories to us shows that your efforts are having some effect.

But, based on our information from inside Congress, we should expect that Senate Majority Leader Reid, House Speaker Pelosi and Pres. Obama have every intention of killing these amendments in a backroom maneuver when the joint Conference Committee negotiates the final bill to be sent to the President. (See below.)

NEXT 2 WEEKS OUR BEST CHANCE FOR IMPROVEMENT THIS YEAR

Friends, we spend most of our time trying to get good legislation just looked at somewhere.

We are in a totally different — and better — position at this moment. What we have now is amazingly good legislation already passed by the U.S. Senate — by easy margins! The good stuff is on the table. It’s on its way to law. It is ours to lose right now.  We haven’t been in a better position than this in a very long time.  Instead of fighting for our lives to stop something really bad, we have something very good to protect and preserve.

Our Action Buffet team already has several important faxes for you to send from your corkboard to protect the 4 Amendments.  But we will come back to you Monday with another task, and perhaps a number of others during the week.  One of our Capitol Hill Team told me late last night that there is no reason to save energy for any other time — NOW is the time to mobilize everything we have.

As you fight, remember that you aren’t fighting just for yourself or your family but for 15 million Americans and their families who currently are desperately searching for a job but can’t find one.

If you win in keeping these enforcement amendments in the DHS bill, hundreds of thousands of jobless families will once again have income, benefits and the hope of not having their houses foreclosed.  Is that enough incentive?

We are highly unlikely to get a better chance to make a huge humanitarian difference the rest of the year.

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July 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Forgery cases spike in June

By Mike Rose | Austin Daily Herald

Published Thursday, July 9, 2009

The county charged more people with aggravated forgery in June than any previous month in 2009, with a number of those charged being immigrant workers at Quality Pork Processors who used fraudulent documents to gain employment.

Fifteen people were charged with the felony offense in June, and as of July 3, two more charges had been filed this month. That brings the total in 2009 to 48 cases. There were only 42 cases in 2008.

Many of the cases seen recently are similar to those of Narciso Fernando-Alejo, 32, and Adelina Waldo-Cerna, 33.

Their 505 Ninth St. NW home was searched on July 2, and authorities found a number of fraudulent documents belonging to each person. Fernando-Alejo admitted to detectives that he had used a fraudulent Kentucky ID and Social Security card to gain employment at QPP.

Both face multiple counts of aggravated forgery and are scheduled for court appearances in the next few weeks.

In response to cases like Fernando-Alejo’s, QPP Human Resource Director Dale Wicks said in an e-mailed statement that the company has “cooperated with Law Enforcement.”

“Quality Pork Processors, Inc. uses the tools available to us, including the government’s E-Verify program, which has been used by QPP for many years to authenticate a person’s information regarding authorization to work in the United States,” according to the statement.

The cases have fallen within a broader discussion of immigration, legal and illegal, that has been prominent in Austin recently.

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July 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Reporting Illegal Aliens

From IllegalProtest Wiki

This is a list compiled by Dr Gayle Kesselman of law enforcement resources for reporting illegal aliens in your local area beyond just calling the main ICE tip line. Thanks to Dr Gayle Kesselman of New Jersey Citizens for Immigration Control for this compiled information.


Contact ICE – Faxes and Phone Calls Work!

Office of Investigations

While not providing e-mail addresses for these ICE offices, faxes and phone calls have proven to be far more effective in reaching public officials for the purpose of complaints in general or specific complaints about a certain employer, illegal alien, etc. If no action takes place after a week, we encourage you to follow-up the complaint with the same office redundantly and request officer’s superiors if necessary. While ICE has made illegal aliens who commit crimes a priority, they are receptive to complaints concerning any violation of immigration law and are responsible for most immigration law enforcement. With increased complaint volume and pressure on Washington, we hope to increase momentum until resolution is obtained.

The Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) Offices are responsible for the administration and management of all Immigration and Customs Enforcement activities within the geographic boundaries of the Office. The SACs develop, coordinate and implement enforcement strategies to ensure conformance with national policies and procedures and to support national intelligence programs. In addition, SACs supervise all administrative responsibilities assigned to the Office and ensure a responsive Internal Controls Program is developed.

Each SAC office is responsible for subordinate field offices, which support the enforcement mission. These subordinate field offices, Resident Agent-in-Charge (RAC) and Resident Agent Offices (RAOs), are responsible for managing enforcement activities within the geographic boundaries of the Office. RACs are responsible for ensuring all enforcement activities are conducted pursuant to national policies and procedures and contribute to the development and implementation of national and SAC level enforcement strategy.

Office of Investigations SAC Offices

SAC Atlanta 1691 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 250 Atlanta, GA 30349 Main (770) 994-4200 Fax (770) 994-2262

SAC Baltimore 40 South Gay Street, 3rd Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 Main (410) 962-2620 Fax (410) 962-3469

SAC Boston 10 Causeway Street, Room 722 Boston, MA 02222-1054 Main (617) 565-7400 Fax (617) 565-7422

SAC Buffalo 1780 Wehrle Drive, Suite D Williamsville, NY 14221 Main (716) 565-2039 Fax (716) 565-9509

SAC Chicago 1 North Tower Lane, Suite 1600 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 Main (630) 574-4600 Fax (630) 574-2889

SAC Dallas 125 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 800 Irving, TX 75062 Main (972) 444-7300 Fax (972) 444-7461

SAC Washington, DC 22685 Holiday Park Drive, Suite 10 Dulles, VA 20166 Main (703) 709-9700 Fax (703) 709-8082

SAC Denver 115 Inverness Drive East, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80112 Main (303) 784-6480 Fax (303) 784-6490

SAC Detroit 477 Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850 Detroit, MI 48226 Main (313) 226-3166 Fax (313) 226-6282

SAC El Paso 4191 N. Mesa El Paso, TX 79902 Main (915) 231-3200 Fax (915) 231-3227

SAC Honolulu 595 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96850 Main 808-532-3746 Fax 808-532-4689

SAC Houston 4141 N. Sam Houston Parkway East #300 Houston, TX 77032 Main 281-985-0500 Fax 281-985-0505

SAC Los Angeles 501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 7200 Long Beach, CA 90802-4213 Main (562) 624-3800 Fax (562) 590-9604

SAC Miami 8075 N.W. 53rd Street Miami, FL 33166 Main (305) 597-6000 Fax (305) 597-6227

SAC New Orleans 1250 Poydras Street, Suite 2200 New Orleans, LA 70113 Main (504) 310-8800 Fax (504) 310-8900

SAC New York 601 W. 26th Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10001 Main (646) 230-3200 Fax (646) 230-3255

SAC Newark 620 Frelinghuysen Avenue 2nd Floor Newark, NJ 07114 Main (973) 776-5500 Fax (973) 776-5650

SAC Philadelphia 220 Chestnut Street, Room 200 Philadelphia, PA 19106 Main (215) 597-4305 Fax (215) 597-4200

SAC Phoenix 400 North 5th Street 11th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85004 Main (602) 364-7830 Fax (602) 514-7790

SAC San Antonio 10127 Morocco, Suite 180 San Antonio, TX 78216 Main (210) 541-7200 Fax (210) 541-7285

SAC San Diego 185 West F Street, Suite 600 San Diego, CA 92101 Main (619) 744-4600 Fax (619) 557-7275

SAC San Francisco 1500 Broadway, 2nd Floor Oakland, CA 94612 Main (510) 267-3800 Fax (510) 267-3870

SAC San Juan La Puntilla # 1 Room 131 San Juan, PR 00901 Main (787) 729-6975 Fax (787) 729-6646

SAC Seattle 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 2300 Seattle, WA 98104 Main (206) 553-7531 Fax (206) 553-0826

SAC Minneapolis/St. Paul 2901 Metro Drive, Suite 100 Bloomington, MN 55425 Main (952) 853-2940 Fax (612) 313-9045

SAC Tampa 2203 North Lois Avenue Suite 600 Tampa, FL 33607 Main (813) 348-1881 Fax (813) 348-1871

SAC Tucson 7400 N. Oracle Road, Suite 242 Tucson, AZ 85704 Main (520) 229-5100 Fax (520) 229-5160


Contact the FBI – Faxes and Phone Calls Work!

The FBI now has the authority to detain immigration violators and unlike ICE, has an online form you can submit with your complaint. Please go to https://tips.fbi.gov/.

The FBI’s Field Offices are located in major cities throughout the United States and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, resident agencies are maintained in smaller cities and towns across the country. The locations were selected according to crime trends, the need for regional geographic centralization, and the need to efficiently manage resources.

Each Field Office is overseen by a Special Agent in Charge (SAC), except those located in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Due to their large size, these offices each are managed by an Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC). The ADICs are assisted by SACs responsible for specific programs.

The FBI encourages the public to report any suspected violations of U.S. federal law. You can do so by calling your local FBI office, Legal Attache office, or by submitting a tip via the FBI Tips and Public Leads form.

Your Local FBI Office Field Divisions

FBI Albany 200 McCarty Avenue Albany, New York 12209 albany.fbi.gov (518) 465-7551

FBI Albuquerque 4200 Luecking Park Ave. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107 albuquerque.fbi.gov (505) 889-1300

FBI Anchorage 101 East Sixth Avenue Anchorage, Alaska 99501-2524 anchorage.fbi.gov (907) 258-5322

FBI Atlanta Suite 400 2635 Century Parkway, Northeast Atlanta, Georgia 30345-3112 atlanta.fbi.gov (404) 679-9000

FBI Baltimore 7142 Ambassador Road Baltimore, Maryland 21244-2754 baltimore.fbi.gov (410) 265-8080

FBI Birmingham Room 1400 2121 8th. Avenue N. Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2396 birmingham.fbi.gov (205) 326-6166

FBI Boston Suite 600 One Center Plaza Boston, Massachusetts 02108 boston.fbi.gov (617) 742-5533

FBI Buffalo One FBI Plaza Buffalo, New York 14202-2698 buffalo.fbi.gov (716) 856-7800

FBI Charlotte Suite 900, Wachovia Building 400 South Tyron Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28285-0001 charlotte.fbi.gov (704) 377-9200

FBI Chicago Room 905 E.M. Dirksen Federal Office Building 219 South Dearborn Street Chicago, Illinois 60604-1702 chicago.fbi.gov (312) 431-1333

FBI Cincinnati Room 9000 550 Main Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-8501 cincinnati.fbi.gov (513) 421-4310

FBI Cleveland Federal Office Building 1501 Lakeside Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114 cleveland.fbi.gov (216) 522-1400

FBI Columbia 151 Westpark Blvd Columbia, South Carolina 29210-3857 columbia.fbi.gov (803) 551-4200

FBI Dallas One Justice Way Dallas, Texas 75220 dallas.fbi.gov (972) 559-5000

FBI Denver Federal Office Building, Room 1823 1961 Stout Street, 18th. Floor Denver, Colorado 80294-1823 denver.fbi.gov (303) 629-7171

FBI Detroit 26th. Floor, P. V. McNamara FOB 477 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226 detroit.fbi.gov (313) 965-2323

FBI El Paso 660 S. Mesa Hills Drive El Paso, Texas 79912-5533 elpaso.fbi.gov (915) 832-5000

FBI Honolulu Room 4-230, Kalanianaole FOB 300 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, Hawaii 96850-0053 honolulu.fbi.gov (808) 566-4300

FBI Houston 2500 East TC Jester Houston, Texas 77008-1300 houston.fbi.gov (713) 693-5000

FBI Indianapolis Room 679, FOB 575 North Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1585 indianapolis.fbi.gov (317) 639-3301

FBI Jackson Room 1553, FOB 100 West Capitol Street Jackson, Mississippi 39269-1601 jackson.fbi.gov (601) 948-5000

FBI Jacksonville Suite 200 7820 Arlington Expressway Jacksonville, Florida 32211-7499 jacksonville.fbi.gov (904) 721-1211

FBI Kansas City 1300 Summit Kansas City, Missouri 64105-1362 kansascity.fbi.gov (816) 512-8200

FBI Knoxville Suite 600, John J. Duncan FOB 710 Locust Street Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-2537 knoxville.fbi.gov (865) 544-0751

FBI Las Vegas John Lawrence Bailey Building 700 East Charleston Boulevard Las Vegas, Nevada 89104-1545 lasvegas.fbi.gov (702) 385-1281

FBI Little Rock Suite 200 Two Financial Centre 10825 Financial Centre Parkway Little Rock, Arkansas 72211-3552 littlerock.fbi.gov (501) 221-9100

FBI Los Angeles Suite 1700, FOB 11000 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90024-3672 losangeles.fbi.gov (310) 477-6565

FBI Louisville Room 500 600 Martin Luther King Jr. Place Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2231 louisville.fbi.gov (502) 583-3941

FBI Memphis Suite 3000, Eagle Crest Bldg. 225 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, Tennessee 38120-2107 memphis.fbi.gov (901) 747-4300

FBI North Miami Beach 16320 Northwest Second Avenue North Miami Beach, Florida 33169-6508 miami.fbi.gov (305) 944-9101

FBI Milwaukee Suite 600 330 East Kilbourn Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-6627 milwaukee.fbi.gov (414) 276-4684

FBI Minneapolis Suite 1100 111 Washington Avenue, South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401-2176 minneapolis.fbi.gov (612) 376-3200

FBI Mobile One St. Louis Centre 200 N. Royal Street Mobile, Alabama 36602 mobile.fbi.gov (334) 438-3674

FBI Newark 1 Gateway Center, 22nd. Floor Newark, New Jersey 07102-9889 newark.fbi.gov (973) 792-3000

FBI New Haven 600 State Street New Haven, Connecticut 06511-6505 newhaven.fbi.gov (203) 777-6311

FBI New Orleans 2901 Leon C. Simon Dr. New Orleans, Louisiana 70126 neworleans.fbi.gov (504) 816-3000

FBI New York 26 Federal Plaza, 23rd. Floor New York, New York 10278-0004 newyork.fbi.gov

FBI Norfolk 150 Corporate Boulevard Norfolk, Virginia 23502-4999 norfolk.fbi.gov (757) 455-0100

FBI Oklahoma City 3301 West Memorial Drive Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73134 oklahomacity.fbi.gov (405) 290-7770

FBI Omaha 10755 Burt Street Omaha, Nebraska 68114-2000 omaha.fbi.gov (402) 493-8688

FBI Philadelphia 8th. Floor William J. Green Jr. FOB 600 Arch Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 philadelphia.fbi.gov (215) 418-4000

FBI Phoenix Suite 400 201 East Indianola Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85012-2080 phoenix.fbi.gov (602) 279-5511

FBI Pittsburgh 3311 East Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 pittsburgh.fbi.gov (412) 432-4000

FBI Portland Suite 400, Crown Plaza Building 1500 Southwest 1st Avenue Portland, Oregon 97201-5828 portland.fbi.gov (503) 224-4181

FBI Richmond 1970 E. Parham Road Richmond, Virginia 23228 richmond.fbi.gov (804) 261-1044

FBI Sacramento 4500 Orange Grove Avenue Sacramento, California 95841-4205 sacramento.fbi.gov (916) 481-9110

FBI St. Louis 2222 Market Street St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2516 stlouis.fbi.gov (314) 231-4324

FBI Salt Lake City Suite 1200, 257 Towers Bldg. 257 East, 200 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-2048 saltlakecity.fbi.gov (801) 579-1400

FBI San Antonio Suite 200 U.S. Post Office Courthouse Bldg. 615 East Houston Street San Antonio, Texas 78205-9998 sanantonio.fbi.gov (210) 225-6741

FBI San Diego Federal Office Building 9797 Aero Drive San Diego, California 92123-1800 sandiego.fbi.gov (858) 565-1255

FBI San Francisco 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 13th. Floor San Francisco, California 94102-9523 sanfrancisco.fbi.gov (415) 553-7400

FBI San Juan Room 526, U.S. Federal Bldg. 150 Carlos Chardon Avenue Hato Rey San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-1716 sanjuan.fbi.gov (787) 754-6000

FBI Seattle 1110 Third Avenue Seattle, Washington 98101-2904 seattle.fbi.gov (206) 622-0460

FBI Springfield Suite 400 400 West Monroe Street Springfield, Illinois 62704-1800 springfield.fbi.gov (217) 522-9675

FBI Tampa Room 610, FOB 500 Zack Street Tampa, Florida 33602-3917 tampa.fbi.gov (813) 273-4566

FBI Washington Washington Metropolitan Field Office 601 4th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20535-0002 washingtondc.fbi.gov (202) 278-2000

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 14 Comments

Alamance: 287g Battleground. Burlington, NC

From www.doublebarreledopinions.com :

There was a famous battle here in 1771 that help define the model for the colonists fighting the British in the American Revolutionary War. Just outside of Burlington, NC you can visit Alamance Battleground where the skirmish took place.

These days, we’re fighting another battle in Alamance County, illegal immigration. Starting in 2007, our Sheriff Department started participating in the 287(g) program. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security to train and deputize local lawman and jailers as Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE).

Double Barreled Salute

Sheriff Terry Johnson is doing a fine, outstanding job enforcing our laws and deserves a big Double Barreled Salute!

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One of our county commissioners, Ann Vaughan, tried to get a resolution calling for the Government Accountability Office, or another government office, to investigate the Sheriff and how his department is enforcing the 287(g) program. This occurred two meetings ago, and she was blocked from doing so because she had not put it on the agenda. At the last meeting (4/20/09) Commissioner Tim Sutton brought forth a resolution to support Sheriff Terry Johnson’s 287(g) illegal immigration enforcement program. The vote was 4 to 1 in favor with Ann Vaughan voting against the resolution.

Double Barreled Salutes to: Tim Sutton, Dan Ingle, Linda Massey, and Eddie Boswell for voting for this resolution supporting the Sheriff and what he’s doing. Thank you!

Unfortunately Terry Johnson and the 287(g) program are under attack by:

Here in the real world, I have yet to talk with anyone who understands why these people are against the 287(g) program, Sheriff Terry Johnson, or why anyone would support allowing illegal immigrants to take over our country.

The ACLU has put a drain on the Sheriff’s Department demanding paperwork for traffic stops, traffic checkpoints, etc. I would prefer that our tax dollars go towards enforcing our laws rather than mounds of paperwork.

Professor Roselle has conducted a study or studies of traffic stop data trying to prove that the Sheriff’s Department racially profiles Hispanics and is over aggressive in enforcing the 287(g) program.

The Times-News, as I’ve said here before in previous posts, is completely biased towards illegal immigration and open in their distain for our Sheriff. I have yet to read an article in The Times-News that does not try to make the Sheriff or the Sheriff’s department look bad. The Times-News star pro-Hispanic and pro-illegal immigration reporter, Karen Rivas is a very talented writer and really pulls the emotional heart strings when reporting these stories.

Here’s a typical Karen Rivas tactic. This is from an Times-News article that ran on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 about a “panel” held at Elon University to “discuss” the 287(g) program. Rivas’ article mentions that the “panel” consisted of four people but does not name them. She says Sheriff Terry Johnson was invited as was ICE but they both declined to attend. I don’t blame them – no reason to give any legitimacy to the event. From what I’ve read about the panel, it was basically a 287(g) and Sheriff Terry Johnson bashing session. Rivas interviewed two Hispanic people who attended the even and who did not what their last names used because they’re here illegally. She quotes one of them in her article several times, but this one quote summarizes the whole problem: “He added that people need to see that though many immigrants are here illegally, they are not criminals but simply people who are looking for a better life for their families“.

The fact is, if you’re here illegally, you ARE a criminal.

In another part of her article, Rivas quotes Professor Hannah Gill of UNC as saying “Many immigrants live in a mixed household where one parent may be a legal resident but the other isn’t, where one sibling is foreign-born while the others were born in the United States… At the light of this reality, when a person is deported, an entire family system is affected. By implementing program like 287(g), she said, officials are alienating those who they want to integrate“.

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reporting Illegal Alien Tax and Social Security Fraud

How Do I Contact the Fraud Hotline?

Internet: Fraud Reporting Form
U.S. Mail: Social Security Fraud Hotline
P.O. Box 17768
Baltimore, Maryland 21235
FAX: 410-597-0118
Telephone: 1-800-269-0271 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
TTY: 1-866-501-2101 for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Question Mark Icon What is the Fraud Hotline?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Fraud Hotline provides an avenue for individuals to report fraud, waste, and abuse within the SSA’s programs and operations. We handle allegations regarding violations of law or regulations affecting SSA programs and operations.

Question Mark Icon What Should I Report to the Fraud Hotline?

A variety of situations may be considered fraud in the SSA programs. Some examples are:

  • Conceals work activity while receiving disability benefits
  • Receives Social Security Benefits for a child not under their care
  • Fails to notify SSA of the death of a beneficiary and continues to receive and cash the checks of the deceased
  • Conceals their marriage or assets from the Social Security Administration while receiving Supplemental Security Income payments
  • Resides overseas and is receiving Supplemental Security Income Payments

Below are several examples of potential violations that affect Social Security programs or operations. You can click on each topic below to learn more.

Question Mark Icon What Should I not Report to the Fraud Hotline?

Questions about Social Security Benefits

The Fraud Hotline cannot assist individuals with questions about their Social Security account, requests for new or replacement Social Security number (SSN) cards, or issues involving the granting or denial of benefits. These issues can be addressed by:

Medicare or Medicaid Fraud

In addition, if you wish to report Medicare or Medicaid fraud, please contact:

Identity Theft

The use of your Social Security number by someone else to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts, or other goods and services should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC collects complaints about identity theft from those whose identities have been stolen. Although the FTC does not have the authority to bring criminal cases, the FTC can help victims of identity theft by providing information to assist them in resolving the financial and other problems that can result from this crime. The FTC puts your information into a secure consumer fraud database and may, in appropriate instances, share it with other law enforcement agencies and private entities, including any companies about which you may complain. You can reach the FTC directly by:

The Social Security Administration cannot fix your credit record if someone has misused your Social Security number (SSN) to obtain credit. To resolve your credit problems, you need to contact the institution that authorized the credit and/or issued the credit card, as well as the major credit reporting agencies. Obtain a copy of your credit report and ask that an alert be placed on your credit record requiring that you be contacted before credit is extended using your name and SSN. The three major credit reporting agencies are:

  • Equifax — 1-800-525-6285
  • Trans Union — 1-800-680-7289
  • Experian — 1-888-397-3742

Work with each credit bureau, creditor, employer and government agency involved to remove inaccurate information from your records. You should continue checking your credit report annually for inaccuracies. Keep copies of your correspondence, records of your telephone calls and other documents verifying your efforts to correct the problem.

The Federal government and numerous states have passed laws prohibiting identity theft. Anyone who intentionally uses the Social Security number of another person to establish a new identity or defraud the government is breaking the law.

To get more information about the Social Security numbers and identity theft, download the following publications and/or visit the following websites.

FTC Information

Social Security Information

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Question Mark Icon What Do I Need to Know When Contacting the Hotline?

To act on your allegation, we need you to provide as much identifying information as possible regarding the suspect, victim, and the details of what occurred. The more you can tell us, the better chance we have of determining whether a crime has been committed. Your information should include the following:

  • Who committed the Fraud? (Include Suspect Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Address, and Telephone Number)
  • Who the Victims are? (Include Victim Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Address, and Telephone Number)
  • What exactly did the suspect do?
  • Where did the fraud take place?
  • When did it happen?
  • How was the fraud committed?
  • Do you know why the person committed the fraud?
  • Who else has knowledge of the potential violation?

Question Mark Icon May I Remain Anonymous?

Yes, however, please keep in mind that your decision for anonymity may limit our ability to conduct a complete investigation.

Question Mark Icon Will My Identity Remain Confidential?

In some instances, informants may believe that the disclosure of their identities may create problems or place them in danger. We will protect the identity of complainants to the maximum extent allowed by law and only release your identity to those officials who have a need to know. Specifically, Section 7(b) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 precludes the IG from disclosing the identity of a Social Security employee who reports an allegation or provides information, without the employee’s consent, unless the IG determines that disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation. Non-SSA employees who report allegations may also request confidentiality.

Question Mark Icon What Can I Expect if I Make A Report to the Hotline?

We cannot provide information regarding what action we have taken on any allegation reported to our office. Federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in law enforcement records even to the individual making the allegation. Unless you are contacted directly by one of our investigators, there will be no communication from our office. Under no circumstances will we provide you with the “status” of action taken on the allegation.

If you are an SSA employee, SSA may not take action against you solely because of your submission of an allegation to the SSA OIG hotline. Federal laws protect employees from reprisals by their employers for “blowing the whistle” on illegal activity.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bush Administration Caves into Pressure and Delays E-Verify Regulation for Federal Contractors

Last week, the Bush Administration announced its intent to postpone a new regulation set to go into effect January 15th that would have required virtually all federal contractors to use E-Verify, the voluntary program run by the Department of Homeland Security that helps employers verify the work authorization of employees. (The Hill, January 9, 2009).   Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff first announced the E-Verify regulation August 10, 2008, stating he wanted the government to “lead by example.”  (Remarks by Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, August 10, 2008).  The move was hailed by true immigration reformers as a significant step towards curbing the employment of illegal aliens and reducing the taxpayer subsidy of illegal immigration.

However, as the effective date neared in late December , a coalition of special interest groups filed a lawsuit to block the rule from taking effect as scheduled. The plaintiffs included various organizations that have routinely sought to impede interior enforcement of our immigration laws, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; the Society for Human Resource Management; the American Council on International Personnel; and the HR Policy Association. (To read more about this lawsuit, read FAIR’s Legislative Update).

In the face of this lawsuit, Homeland Security announced it will postpone the effective date of these new regulations to February 20, 2009.  A DHS Spokesman said the Department did not think the Chamber of Commerce and others would prevail with their lawsuit, and said “[the] pause merely allows litigants the opportunity to make their case before a judge, and prevents parties opposed to the rule from additional stalling through litigation.”  (The Hill, January 9, 2009).  More than 100,000 employers are already using E-Verify, with an estimated 1,000 new employers signing up each week.

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January 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

DHS to Revive No-Match Regulations

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff announced on October 23rd that the Administration will ask a federal judge to lift a stay on new federal no-match regulations, a move that has angered both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). If DHS is successful in reviving the regulation, the government could begin mailing no-match notices to an estimated 140,000 employers regarding suspect Social Security numbers and immigration documents. (The Washington Post, October 24, 2008)

The No-Match Regulation, which was finalized in September 2007, provides a “safe harbor” protocol for employers who receive a no-match letter. Sent by either the Social Security Administration (SSA) or DHS, these letters notify employers that there is a discrepancy with the information provided by the employer on an employee’s I-9 form. Under the regulation, an employer who receives a no-match letter:

  • Has 30 days to check the appropriate records and determine if the discrepancy was caused by a clerical error, correct the error with SSA, and verify that the corrected name and Social Security number match SSA’s records;
  • Must contact the local DHS office in accordance with instructions included in the letter to resolve discrepancies in the stated immigration status of the employee, if the letter was sent by DHS;
  • Must attempt to re-verify the worker’s employment eligibility by completing a new I-9 employment verification form, if the discrepancy cannot be resolved with either SSA or DHS within 90 days of receipt of a no-match letter.

Additionally, if the employer cannot verify the employee’s work eligibility through completion of a new I-9 form, the employer may terminate the employee. If the employee is retained, the employer could be determined to have constructive knowledge that they are continuing the employment of an illegal alien. (See, Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter, ICEB-2006-0004-0001, June 14, 2006)

The regulation was stayed by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer after a suit was brought against it by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union and the AFL-CIO. In March 2008, DHS responded to the court’s concerns by publishing a supplemental Proposed Rule that included a more detailed analysis of how the Department developed the regulation and an economic analysis of the rule. (See, Small Entity Impact Analysis: Supplemental Proposed Rule “Safe- Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No- Match Letter, ICEB-2006-0004)

In response to Chertoff’s announcement, Randel K. Johnson, a vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told the Washington Post, “We are looking at our litigation options,” (The Washington Post, October 24, 2008)

Chertoff commented on the Supplemental Rule finalized October 23rd: “The additional information in this supplemental rule addresses the specific items raised by the Court, and we expect to be able to quickly implement it. The No-Match Rule, along with E-Verify, will increasingly make the pleas of ignorance from businesses that seek to exploit illegal labor ring hollow, and equip their responsible competitors with the tools they need to hire and maintain a legal workforce.” (Media Newswire, October 23, 2008)

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October 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) for employee verification

Overview

There are two Internet verification options you can use to verify that your employee names and Social Security numbers match Social Security’s records. You can:

  • Verify up to 10 names and SSNs (per screen) online and receive immediate results. This option is ideal to verify new hires.
  • Upload overnight files of up to 250,000 names and SSNs and usually receive results the next government business day. This option is ideal if you want to verify an entire payroll database or if you hire a large number of workers at a time.

While the service is available to all employers and third-party submitters, it can only be used to verify current or former employees and only for wage reporting (Form W-2) purposes.

silver ball Why Should I Verify Names and SSNs Online

  • Correct names and SSNs on W-2 wage reports are the keys to the successful processing of your annual wage report submission.
  • It’s faster and easier to use than submitting your requests paper listings or using Social Security’s telephone verification option.
  • Results in more accurate wage reports.
  • Saves you processing costs and reduces the number of W-2cs.
  • Allows Social Security to properly credit your employees’ earnings record, which will be important information in determining their Social Security benefits in the future.

silver ball Steps to Register for SSNVS

  1. Register to Use SSNVS – Registration is required through www.ssa.gov/bso/bsowelcome.htm. Third-party preparers need only register once in their own firm’s name. Complete the registration form and select your own password. Social Security will verify your identity against our records and display a User ID. Make note of your the User ID, password and expiration date. www.ssa.gov/employer/ssnvs_handbk.htm
  2. Request Access and Activation Code – Return to www.ssa.gov/bso/bsowelcome.htm
    and login in with your User ID and password. Select “Request Access and Activation Code.”
  3. Activation Code is Mailed to Your Employer – Your employer should give you the activation code which allows you access to SSNVS.
  4. Login to Use the Service – Go to www.ssa.gov/bso/bsowelcome.htm, select Login, input your User ID, password and activation code and you will be able to use the service.

NOTE: For more detailed instructions on registering and/or using SSNVS, get a copy of the www.ssa.gov/employer/ssnvs_handbk.htm.

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October 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chep pledges crackdown on undocumented workers, signs on to E-Verify

By Brian Frederick

(Oct. 13, 12:19 p.m.) Orlando, Fla.-based Chep USA has signed an agreement with the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, pledging to weed out undocumented workers.

By signing the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers in September, Chep agrees to train its staff on best hiring practice and use federal government screening tools to ensure employees have legal work authorization, said director of human resources operations Thomasina Kennedy.

“We did it because it’s the right thing to do,” Kennedy said. “We believe that the employment practices we have are best in class and ICE was looking for employers as partners to provide model practices for other employers.”

Chep joins 26 other companies from around the country, representing a wide range of industries, who have signed the agreement, which allow immigration and customs officials to assess their practices on hiring and check employment records.

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October 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

States Require E-Verify

Employers in several states, including Mississippi, Colorado and Arizona, are required by law to use EVerify to check every new employee’s documentation.

In Texas, Hawaii, Michigan and eleven other states, employers are strongly urged to use E-Verify.

Tax incentives are offered in some states, like Georgia, to employers that utilize EVerify.

Government employees, state contractors and sub-contractors are already required to use EVerify by most states.

Many states are currently working on legislation to require private employers to use EVerify, too.

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October 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment