Illegal immigrants in America have stolen nearly 39 million Social Security numbers in the years 2012 to 2016—and used them to get work in the US and for other frauds, a new report from the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has revealed.
According to an interview published on YouTube by the IRLI, agency records obtained by that organization said that from 2012 to 2016 there were “39 million instances where names and Social Security numbers on W-2 tax forms did not match the corresponding Social Security records.”
The group said that there is a “thriving black market” used by illegal immigrants to get Social Security numbers needed to get a job.
Their report draws attention to a move by former President Barack Obama to stop sending so-called “no match” letters to employers notifying them that numbers used by employees on the wage forms do not match their identity.
The change followed the president’s decision to approve amnesty for some 700,000 younger illegal immigrants let into the U.S. under his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the so-called “dreamers.”
“The Social Security numbers of young children are especially sought by illegal aliens, as this theft is likely to go undetected for years. As children reach late teenage years and apply for credit for cars, student loans, and other needs, they may find that their credit has been compromised with mortgages, credit cards and criminal records attached to their identities,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI.
“This investigation shines a light on the depth of America’s problems as a result of allowing illegal aliens into the country.
“It also debunks the idea that being in the country illegally is a victimless crime. Millions of Americans, in many cases children, are having their identities stolen to enable even more criminal activity. Illegal aliens should not reap Social Security benefits that result from the commission of identity theft.”
According to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), document and benefit fraud “pose a severe threat to national security and public safety because they create a vulnerability that may enable terrorists, other criminals and illegal aliens to gain entry to and remain in the United States.”
In addition, ICE says, “document and benefit fraud are elements of many immigration-related crimes, such as human smuggling and human trafficking, critical infrastructure protection, worksite enforcement, visa compliance enforcement and national security investigations.”
As recently as the end of August this year, nineteen foreign nationals were charged with unlawfully voting in the 2016 elections, and a U.S. citizen was charged with aiding and abetting an alien to falsely claim U.S. citizenship to register to vote.
The indictments follow an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as part of a newly created Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged the following foreign nationals with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship to register to vote in North Carolina, and also with unlawfully voting: Jose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez, age 41, of Mexico; Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, age 63, of Mexico; Sarah Emilia Silverio-Polanco, age 35, of the Dominican Republic; Elizabeth Nene Amachaghi, age 44, of Nigeria; Maria Rufina Castillo-Boswell, age 31, of Philippines; Dora Maybe Damatta-Rodriguez, age 64, of Panama; Elvis David Fullerton, age 54, of Grenada; Olive Agatha Martin, age 71, of Guyana; Kaoru Sauls, age 54, of Japan.