Children’s IDs stolen from medical files
A searing report from City Journal details the effects of identity theft that undergirds illegal immigration. Arizona is among the top five states where this crime has exploded as illegals employ every means possible to gain false identity.
The drop-houses in which the Arizona Republic routinely reports illegals are being held “against their will,” are actually safe havens where they wait for stolen documents to be processed–enabling them to apply for jobs, obtain driver’s licenses and other necessary paperwork to give them the air of legitimacy.
One of the most alarming aspects of the criminal activity involves health-care employees with access to children’s files, working for organized gangs that trade in illegal documents and are willing to pay handsomely for the data. “We have a major problem with workers in medical offices stealing patients’ identities, selling them and making a direct profit,” says Sergeant James Bracke of the Phoenix Police Department.
Identity Theft 911 estimates that in Arizona alone, some 1.57 million people, or a quarter of the state’s population, (linked report has mysteriously vanished) have been victims over the last six years. About one-fifth are children-whose Social Security numbers are especially valuable targets, since children usually aren’t employed, making discovery of the fraud unlikely for years.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the daily fish-wrapper to do an in-depth report on this deplorable aspect of the illegal immigration issue. You’ll turn blue long before it takes up the cause.