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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Identity theft and illegals

- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2012

Millions of people have entered this country illegally. Every illegal alien should be screened, and illegal aliens, not the U.S. taxpayer, must pay the cost for the screening.

Certain diseases that were once rare in the United States are making a comeback because we are not screening illegal aliens. The deadly brown recluse spider from Central America has entered our country with illegal aliens. Many people crossing our borders illegally are fleeing from law enforcement in other countries. Many illegal aliens serve as "mules," bringing drugs across our border into the United States.

I work with senior citizens, and I know that many illegal aliens take the Social Security numbers or Medicare numbers of citizens and legal aliens in order to obtain jobs or medical services. Illegal aliens are a cause of identity theft crime in the United States. A few years ago, a woman received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service that demanded she pay more than $2 million in income taxes and penalties. She asked why, since she made less than $40,000 a year. Apparently, her Social Security number showed that she owed taxes on income from 83 jobs in 17 states -- simultaneously. Illegal-alien identity theft costs our citizens, businesses and government billions every year.

Screening illegal aliens with a program that teaches the facts about trespassing would give those who want to become citizens the opportunity to present themselves and would help us to identify those who should be deported.

WOODROW WILCOX

Griffith, Ind.

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