Posted on | April 18, 2012 | 34 Comments
Jennifer Andrushko will testify today at an 11:15 a.m. hearing of the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. Also testifying will be Dr. Ronald Mortensen, who tells the story of how an illegal alien stole the identity of Mrs. Andrushko’s 5-year-old son Carter:
The perpetrator is Lidia Aguirre, also known as Lidia Chavez.
Carter’s Social Security number has allegedly been used by Lidia Aguirre, who is unlawfully in the United States to illegally obtain jobs with a series of employers including T.J. Maxx and the Zermatt resort in Midway, Utah.
Ms. Aguirre faces three charges of identity fraud and two forgery charges for a total of five, third degree felony counts. . . .
Identity fraud and forgery are serious felonies that are committed by the vast majority of illegal aliens working in the United States. According to the Actuary of the Social Security Administration, three quarters of illegal aliens pay payroll taxes. Since they cannot legally obtain a valid Social Security number, they use forged documents and when the information on the document belongs to another person that is identity fraud under Utah law. . . .
In Utah, two high profile law enforcement officials, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Salt Lake Police Chief, Chris Burbank, both tend to justify and downplay the seriousness of these crimes. . . .
Chief Burbank justified the use of fraudulent documents by illegal aliens and found it humorous when audience members shouted out locations where fraudulent documents could be purchased.
Chief Burbank’s office reportedly refuses to even log-in identity theft cases and simply refers individuals to the Attorney General’s website for identity theft victims. Burbank then reports that there are no recorded instances of illegal alien driven identity theft in Salt Lake City.
With only limited exceptions, Attorney General Shurtleff, pursues policies that ensure that illegal aliens are able to obtain and use fraudulent documents without fear of arrest and prosecution.
Congress needs to pass and the president needs to sign into law the Legal Workforce Act immediately. The Legal Workforce Act would make it mandatory for all employers to use E-Verify – an easy-to-use, accurate, computer-based, employee verification system that ensures employees have a legal right to work in the United States. It will open millions of jobs for American workers while removing counterfeiting and fraud from the hiring process.