At the tender age of seventeen, Scottsdale resident Caitlin “Caitie” Hemmerle recently learned that she is deeply in debt, including owing over $750,000 in mortgages, car loans and credit cards.
Her financial nightmare gained attention in a Today show segment, which noted that when lenders check credit, they often make no effort to match Social Security numbers with the applicant’s name.
Child identity theft is a growth industry as illegal aliens need fresh identities in order to facilitate their lives after they criminally cross the U.S. border. Seeing Red AZ exposed this in a post titled Illegal in more ways than one, May 17, 2008. 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,” acknowledged Sergeant James Bracke of the Phoenix Police Department.
Unsuspecting parents are unaware that their infant’s or toddler’s stolen identification might be underwriting car and home loans or massive credit card debt. In Caitie’s case at least 42 credit card or charge accounts were opened in her name. And although NBC reporter Jeff Rossen easily located two of the Spanish speaking thieves — Mario Salinas and Manuel Contreras — here in the Valley, law enforcement has done nothing to apprehend them.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the daily fish-wrapper to do an in-depth report on this deplorable aspect of illegal immigration. You’ll turn blue long before it takes up the cause. The newspaper’s agenda is facilitating a greater influx of illegals, not focusing on their criminality. That’s why it has made a crusade of ousting Arizona’s Senate President Russell Pearce, the architect of the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” known as SB 1070, making illegal entry a state crime. The popular law is being copied nationally.
This National Conference of State Legislatures Immigration Policy Report details the increase in the number of laws and resolutions dealing with illegal immigration — 1,592 – that were passed in the first half of 2011 — up 16 percent from the first half of 2010.
And children’s stolen identity? It’s just expected collateral damage accompanying this invasion.