UPDATE: See also, the more recent Immigration Act’s Unacceptable Flaws (with suggested fixes)
This is getting much closer to confirmation of what I had blogged about:
National Review has a PDF version of the new immigration bill (draft, May 18, 2007).
CitizensForTaxFairness.org (they also have some good stuff on identity theft) linked to yours truly in one of their posts and has made up a game for us all to play. I’ve also included a few answers they/others have found (excerpts with emphasis added):
HOW TO PLAY:
Take the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill once its available, read through the hundreds of pages and see how many amnesties you can find. For example, amnesty from document fraud or amnesty from identity theft, etc.
Send your answers to: Info@CitizensForTaxFairness.org
Click here to see the amnesties found in the Senate bill.
Here are the amnesties listed at this time (see, also, their results page – likely better updated than this post):
1. Amnesty from all back taxes. Illegal aliens who have evaded taxes are given full and total amnesty from all back taxes at the insistence of the Bush Administration.
2. Amnesty from document fraud and identity theft for the millions of illegal aliens who routinely use fraudulent documents to obtain jobs and other benefits but who have not been convicted of these felonies.Section 604 of the act specifically prohibits government employees from reporting crimes disclosed in an illegal alien’s application for adjustment of status or in any of the supporting documents to law enforcement or to the victims of identity theft. Should federal government employees report document fraud, identity theft and other felonies, they are subject to a $10,000 fine. This is pure and simply total amnesty for criminal illegal aliens who have committed multiple felonies. The act offers no justice for the American citizen victims of these crimes and leaves them to recover their identities and credit histories at the cost of hundreds of hours of work and thousands of dollars.
3. Amnesty from illegal entry into the United States that allows all 12 to 20 million illegal aliens to remain in the United States with probationary legal status in violation of the rule of law. In addition, it prohibits anyone from being deported between the time the law is enacted and the time they file their paperwork. This permits them to continue to use their fraudulent documents and stolen identities with impunity until such time as they are given new documents by the U.S. government.
4. Amnesty for businesses who have violated federal tax law – Section 605. Any business that didn’t pay taxes associated with the employment of illegal aliens has the slate wiped clean. Employers who violate tax laws while hiring authorized workers receive no such amnesty.
5. Amnesty for businesses that have hired illegal aliens in violation of current law – Section 605. Businesses that have accepted fraudulent documents, stolen identities including those of hundreds of thousands or possibly even millions of American children, and who have paid substandard wages are granted total amnesty.
This appears to have been interpreted from the draft bill but I doubt much will substantively change.
Right now the bill would be a step backwards for victims. The identity thieves and businesses get amnesty. I assume that means a victim could NOT sue the business or thief for trashing their identity and/or credit because no crime would have been committed (amnesty would cover it). Better yet, if someone dares let you know that your or your child’s identity was compromised, they face a $10K fine!
You wouldn’t even be given the courtesy to know you may have some cleaning up to do on your identity. You would be left to figure it out on your own which may take years (especially in the case of children) to realize you were victimized.
In the meantime, thieves and businesses are free to use little Cindy’s SSN with no worries.
Finally, HotAir also has a post up about the the administration’s insistence on tax amnesty (even Teddy Kennedy wasn’t going to give them that).