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Monday, July 07, 2008

Illegal Immigrants lose chance at college - Um, this is a problem why?

I just read the article linked to the title of this post and my first thought was, "Who gives two flips?"

In reading the postings people made following the article, I'm not alone in feeling this way and it's probably time politicians started paying attention.

Recently, I was reading an article that discussed the correlation between identity theft and millions of dollars abandoned to the United States government. When illegal aliens come into this country and steal someones social security number in order to work, they are committing identity theft but it's of a kind that is more difficult to track. When this happens, Social Security doesn't credit the wages or hours worked to the original owner of the SSN. If the illegal alien uses the SSN to buy a car or, God forbid, a house, the credit bureaus simply open another file for the illegal alien. Usually, what alerts a person to their identity being stolen is when the IRS wants to collect unpaid taxes or someone applies for unemployment and is told they already have a job in another state. See, we're not allowed to know when someone is using our identity until the government wants their cut and then it's no holds barred.

See, the media reports things like this so we can all feel sorry for the poor illegal immigrant. They're here illegally, they're a drain on the public coffers, my tax dollars are supporting them in the form of social welfare programs and I'm supposed to feel sorry for THEM? When does someone feel sorry for the poor people who have their identities stolen? How about the time and money lost to illegal aliens when they are found committing another crime, having already committed two in the form of entering the country illegally and stealing someones identity?

Americans, true Americans, need to stand up and let politicians know this needs to stop. Start electing officials who take a strong stance against illegal immigration. Write letters and make phone calls. A good first place to start is a place called Choicepoint. Choicepoint is a company that sells information about you to marketing companies. On their site is a form you can fill out to request your full file. This file will tell you who else is using your SSN.