Today’s Washington Post has a fascinating article about a case of identity theft where instead of trying to steal money from the victim, the intent was to use the stolen identity in order to purchase real estate. Although Post reporter Tom Jackman expresses some surprise that the intent here wasn’t to simply steal money, had he dug into this story a little more he likely would have discovered the troublesome problem of illegal aliens stealing identities in order to falsify their status for employment purposes, qualify for auto loans, and yes, even buy a $419,000 town house. Could this be another case of an illegal alien stealing the identity of a U.S. citizen? That’s the big unasked question in this article.
This is hardly an uncommon occurrence. A five year old child in Utah had her identity stolen by an illegal alien. The Utah Attorney General’s office says that upwards of 20,000 children in Utah may be similarly victimized. A reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle had his identity stolen by an illegal alien, and recounts his ordeal here. A fifth grade teacher had her identity stolen by illegal aliens, prompting the IRS to start going after her for non-payment of taxes. Imagine being a high school student who applies for a loan in order to pay for college, only to discover that your credit record is filled with years of derogatory information. Some don’t have to imagine this, they live it.
Had the Post pursued this story further, they might have turned it from a quirky anecdote into something of real relevance to readers. I guess demonstrating that illegal aliens actually do victimize U.S. citizens on a frequent basis, rather than being simply “hard working” “undocumented immigrants” worthy of only our compassion isn’t something the Post really wants it’s readers to know.
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