Librarian's arrest raises concerns

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she was using the SSN of a *dead* person (!)

My dad is dead. I would have no sympathy for someone who used his SSN or personal information to DO ANYTHING. I don't care what their motives were.

Illegal Immigrants

I'm sorry, but if she is using someone's SSN, that is a crime. I wonder what she used to get a government and tax supported undergraduate, then graduate, education and MLS? Did she cheat any to get ahead? Plagarize? Someone who lies about her life in other ways will do these things as a matter of course.
If she lies about her identity and citizenship, then it brings up the questions of what else she lies about. As a professional, she can't be trusted anymore.
We have a plague of illegal immigrants in our country, and we need to expose them and deport them if they are breaking our laws. I would expect the same treatment from Mexico if I were to go there and pretend to be another Mexican citizen, to cheat another Mexican citizen out of a job by using false credentials, and by marrying another underground illegal immigrant in order to have a baby with Mexican citrizenship. Don't think this could happen? See what happens to a Guatelamlian who crosses the border into Mexico, and does the same thing. Last year Mexico deported 147,000 illegal immigrants. Most hailed from just three Central American nations: Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. If captured, the immigrants are often beaten, raped or otherwise mistreated, denied their civil rights under Mexican law, and held indefinetely in horror-filled prisons.
I will isten to people who call for relaxed laws on immigration in America, only after they call for more relaxed rules on immigration in Mexico.
Why didn't she apply for US citizenship at 18 under her own name and identity? Probably because she wanted to protect her family, and also probably because she was already deep into someone else's identification. At 18, she could have enlisted into the army under her own name as a pathway to citizenship for her and her entire family, and defended her adopted country, instead of going on to college. She could have contributed instead of taken these benefits from her adopted country. She didn't do this.
Now she's caught, and although I sympathize with her human condition, I'm not sympathetic to someone who breaks into my house, steals my identity, and abuses my hospitality.
Now she can go back home to Mexico, and do really good work in promoting immigrant rights for illegal immigrants in Mexico. And use the benefits of her American education and her American work experience to get a higher paid job in Mexico.

R. Lee Hadden (These are my own opinions!)

Identity theft in America goes hand and hand with illegal immigr

Identity theft in America goes hand and hand with illegal immigration.

As everyone knows, America is experiencing an epidemic of identity theft. In the last five years alone, complaints to the Federal Trade Commission from U.S. residents who have had their identity stolen have skyrocketed 60 percent, to 258,427 in 2007—one-third of all consumer fraud complaints that the commission receives. What’s less well understood, however, is how illegal immigration is helping to fuel this rash of crime. Seeking access to jobs, credit, and driver’s licenses, many undocumented aliens are using the personal data of real Americans on forged documents. The immigrants’ identity theft has become so pervasive that the need to combat it is “a disturbing front in the war against illegal immigration,” according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The FTC’s latest statistics help show why. The top five states in terms of reported identity theft in 2007 all have large immigrant populations—the border states of Arizona, California, and Texas, as well as Florida and Nevada. People who pilfer legitimate identities in these states are much more likely than in other parts of the country to use them to gain employment unlawfully—the most common reason that illegal aliens steal personal information. In Arizona, for instance, 36 percent of all identity theft is for employment purposes, compared with only 5 percent in Maine, a state with far fewer illegal aliens. “To many law enforcement leaders in Arizona, this suggests that Arizona’s identity-theft epidemic is directly linked to the problem of illegal immigration,” says a recent report by Identity Theft 911, an Arizona company that helps businesses and individuals protect themselves.

http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_2_snd-identity_theft.html

what else could it possibly be?

If only there were some large, commonly-accessed, poorly secured data network of financial and personal information transactions that we could blame as well.

But I'm sure this mostly unsubstantiated, unsourced, rumor-laden, poorly-thought-out article (less identity theft in Maine? Wow, really? Ever been to Maine? No one lives there.) will do the job just fine.

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