Document fraud is not a victimless crime
In yet another bogus claim, advocates for illegal aliens using false ID’s in Maricopa County are charging they are being unfairly targeted. They allege it’s unreasonable to charge working illegals with felonies, while college students found with fake IDs at bars rarely face charges.
Under Arizona law, illegals using false identification documents can face felony charges of forgery and false identity denying them the ability to post bail. Once convicted of felonies, they are then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Such criminal convictions can rightfully block any future ability to obtain legal status in the United States.
At a downtown press conference organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens Friday, showboating defense lawyer and illegal alien advocate Antonio Bustamante called the charges against illegals an “unconscionable application of the law.”
In response, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said, “We target conduct. We don’t target people.” He said identity theft is a serious crime causing victims to spend months clearing their identity. “The harm can be very real,” he said. Arizona’s identity theft law prohibits using the statute to prosecute offenders under the age of 21.
Identity theft is a major criminal enterprise especially evident in border states. The intent is to provide documents to facilitate the lives of foreign nationals entering the U.S. without legal authorization. Victims have their good names destroyed and can have their credit ruined, medical records compromised, or have income tax liabilities attached to their names for unpaid taxes on revenue earned on their Social Security numbers.
In 2006, by a vote of 1,170,961 to 332,461 state voters overwhelming approved Proposition 100, amending Arizona’s Constitution to prohibit bail for any person who is charged with a serious felony offense if the person charged entered or remained in the United States illegally.
Employment-related fraud makes up the majority of Arizona’s identity theft complaints, compared to bank fraud, credit card fraud and government benefits fraud. According to this October 2011 news video from Tucson’s KGUN 9, Arizona was Number Two in the nation for identity theft complaints. In 2008, we had the dubious distinction of being Numero Uno.
The farcical allegations and attempts to link illegals using stolen or counterfeit documents to secure American jobs, with underage bar patrons illustrates the lengths to which the open border advocates will go to obscure the facts. This foolishness even made the news in Connecticut.
For clarity, we invite you to read the short paragraph “Undocumented” listed as Number 3 in “Lingo,” our popular primer which first appeared in 2008.