Utah Legislators Talks The Talk, Will They Walk The Walk On Identity Theft? (E-Verify).

A few days ago, I noticed yet another story related to identity theft ring.  Not only were they producing fraudulent documents but they were also engaged in illicit drug and firearm trafficking.  Special task force cracks down on identity fraud (emphasis added):

It’s the work of the SECURE Strike Force. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff created the task force last year to combat what he calls a growing problem: identity theft, used for illegal activity like drug and weapons trafficking…

Authorities call it a major problem because the accused criminals stole the identities of many Utah residents — including children

Along with evidence of forged documents, agents found signs of illegal drug and firearms trafficking…

Many of those arrested are illegal immigrants with violent pasts

Shurtleff said, “Those are the aliens that are here for one purpose, and that is to break Utah law. That is to deal drugs and to run drugs, to kidnap and murder.”

After the murder of Utah Deputy by an illegal immigrant(s) with criminal histories.  It seems those recently arrested also had previous brushes with the law and, yet, made it back into the country to continue their ‘pursuits’.

In the above article, a few legislators talk tough:

Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, said, “We understand whose responsibility this is. We decided we are not going to stand still in Utah. We are going to take that responsibility and do something about this.”

Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, asked, “Who is going to check [child ID theft] — for years? That could go on until they’re [the victims] in their late teens until anyone finds out.”

Currently, SB251 is sitting on the Senate’s 2nd Reading Calendar.   SB 251 would require that employers use E-Verify (a free web-based quick response tool provided by ICE) to verify the identity of a potential new hire.  With a few clicks, they could know if the applicant is a citizen or legal immigrant and eligible to work.  Plus, as a bonus to the business, using E-Verify also provides legal protections should an identity thief slip through.

E-Verify would almost end identity theft involving children unless a 20 year-old ID thief can pass himself off as a 5 year old girl…and convince the employer to ignore child labor laws.  Additionally, identity verification would help cut off the demand for easy-to-produce fraudulent IDs.  Don’t forget that illegal immigrants are not the only market for such documents – fugitives and deadbeats (avoiding wage garnishment etc) also need fake IDs.

In the meantime, local governments are still not employing the system they were mandated to use in SB81 last year.

With just a few days left in the legislature’s session, it will be interesting to see if there is any follow through on this problem.  You may want to contact your State legislator and remind them that talk is cheap.

More on E-Verify and ID Theft.

3 thoughts on “Utah Legislators Talks The Talk, Will They Walk The Walk On Identity Theft? (E-Verify).

  1. American are in continuous battle with the open border organization, that have fought E-Verify all the way to the courts. Leading the charge to eradicate E-Verify has been the ACLU, US Chamber of Commerce that along with ominous other entities are tied in with the business world. E-Verify was served to us by former President Bush as a pilot computer application, that tries to insure that anybody hired is–NOT AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT? After the Democratic administration took office Sen.Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi tried to keep its apparent success from the general public by tabling it. Outrage from pro-sovereignty, anti-illegal immigration groups rose it to the surface of public opinion. Then their was little any radical politician could do to erase its popularity as its now being implemented by more and more. businesses. No computer has the ability to work perfectly first time. Their are always bugs, even bad programming that causes problems?

    A number of hard hit states who are in the throes of a budget meltdown, have made it mandatory, While others like the SANCTUARY STATE of CALIFORNIA prefers that the legal population keeps paying out billions of dollars to subsidize in government entitlements for illegal aliens and their families. That is why California is hurting financially, because of millions of desperate foreign nationals having settled there. Everyday some biased company tries to demonize or make some elaborate rejection of its use. Even so its still there? For three years at least? As I have said many times before, all immigration tools are mollified or somehow ground-down so they–ONLY–seen to work? the malevolent status quo, their special interest lobbyists sources have payed-off our politicians, who like puppets use their powerful influence to underfund, undercut any working program to reverse illegal immigration.

    Included is the 287 (g) state-county-municipal police federal immigration program, the right to question and detain suspicious people. ICE raids have been cauterized by Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security. No Match letter has already been rescinded, without giving it a chance to wage war on illegal alien stealing jobs. Our country has been overrun, not with the old reiterated number of 12 million, but somewhere between 20 and 30 million. The Tuscon Border Patrol will attest to that in their statement that only-ONE- is detained out of–TEN is apprehended. E-Verify is a program of ATTRITION that is progressive and updated with even more restrictive tools. Time is on Americas side and if fully funded, with top notch technicians to greatly improve its performance. New versions, new tools are appearing that will make it iron clad.

    But its compulsory E-Verification gets a MANDATE that everybody from the landscaping company to the roofing business use it. ICE has a hot line for any American worker to report companies who think their above the law, using foreign labor. We should all keep our eyes and ears open for wrongdoing? Less lenient today is businesses caught with illegal alien, risking fines and even imprisonment. E-Verify, 287 (g), the border, ICE raids are not perfect, but its a start to physically halt the illegal immigration occupation of this sovereign nation. Its a right and obligation to send all these foreign nationals home? If you want to learn more how laws are being undermined by corruption in Washington go to NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH, IMMIGRATIONBUZZ, RIGHTSIDENEWS & DIRECTORBLUE. Or call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 for a more direct approach. .

  2. Not sure where you’re from, but here in Utah we have our local “conservative” think tank, the Sutherland Institute, pushing legislators to oppose the SB251. Of course, the Sutherland Institute’s opposition should come as no surprise since they would just prefer to provide those illegally here with work permits (that violates Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution) without discussing any type of background check.

    Also, you mentioned 287(g) and E-Verify, but don’t forget to take a look at ICE’s IMAGE program. It too can be quite beneficial to businesses. Don’t get too hung up on the illegal immigrants. Undoubtedly, they are a major driving force in ID theft but fugitives and deadbeats play a role as well.

  3. Pingback: Utah Chamber of Commerce and Sutherland Rank Illegal Labor Higher Than Children « Utah Rattler

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