WASHINGTON, D.C. — As president Donald Trump continues his battle to secure the nation’s border, a new assessment suggests the problem with illegal immigration may be even worse than previously thought.
A report published by the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday documents that as many as 1.4 million illegal immigrants may be working in the United States under stolen or fraudulent social security numbers (https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2017reports/201740031fr.pdf).
Even more disturbing, the IRS only managed to identify approximately half of the people impacted by the fraud during the 2015 tax year, the Treasury Inspector General declared in his report.
“Cases of employment identity theft can cause significant burden to innocent taxpayers, including the incorrect computation of taxes based on income that does not belong to them,” said J. Russell George, the inspector general.
During a 2015 audit (http://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/summary/pdf/Summary%2034030.pdf) the Inspector General found there were 6.5 million U.S. Social Security Numbers (SSN) for persons 112 years or older on the active Social Security roster. Given that there are estimated to be only 35 people age 112 years or older on the planet, the audit confirmed that the Social Security Administration was actively paying fraudulent claims for dead people each month and enabling tens of “thousands of instances of potential identity theft.”
The report comes as president Donald Trump continues his efforts to build a wall separating the southern United States from Mexico, a plan that his Democratic rivals claim is driven by racism.
A February 2017 report by The Los Angeles Times suggested that as many as many as eight million illegal alien currently living in the U.S. could qualify for deportation under President Donald Trump’s immigration plan (http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-deportations-20170204-story.html).
Ronald Mortensen, in a report for the Center for Immigration Studies (http://cis.org/mortensen/president-trumps-executive-order-puts-americans-first-least-75-illegal-aliens-eligible-deportation), claimed that, if enforced, Trump’s immigration reform efforts could lead to the deportation of some 75 percent of the country’s illegal alien population.
In his report, Mortensen argued that pro-immigrant claims of illegal aliens paying into the Social Security system are null and void based on findings that many are earning income through fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers, which are often times stolen from unsuspecting American citizens.
“So, until President Trump issued E.O. 13768, the career politicians that he replaced had consistently put illegal aliens first and deliberately ignored the terrible harm done to the American men, women, and children whose Social Security numbers are stolen,” Mortensen wrote.
“Rather than protecting Americans, career politicians and their business, media, and faith-based allies stood by as the medical records of innocent children were corrupted by illegal aliens using their Social Security numbers, with life-threatening consequences,” Mortensen continued. “They did nothing as their constituents’ and neighbors’ credit records were destroyed by illegal aliens and as the arrest records of illegal aliens were attached to the stolen Social Security numbers of hard-working Americans.”
Trump’s immigration reform plain is in major contrast to that of former President Obama’s where only about 1.4 million illegal aliens were considered qualified for deportation.