- The Washington Times - Monday, September 8, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A recent Associated Press, “Hospital chided for reporting illegal applicant,” misses the point about hiring illegal immigrants.

Maria Martinez, who applied for a cafeteria job at a suburban Dallas hospital, knowingly purchased a fraudulent Social Security card and claimed it as her own. At the very least, she could be prosecuted for using a fraudulent document to obtain employment, and at most she could be prosecuted for identity theft - a crime that costs Americans billions of dollars each year and ruins people’s lives.

The article points out that “[e]mployers aren’t required to report a worker or applicant suspected of being in the USA illegally.” However, simply “being in the USA illegally” wasn’t the crime for which Mrs. Martinez was arrested. Since when has reporting potential identity theft been a bad thing?

Mrs. Martinez should take responsibility for her actions and for endangering her 3-year-old son and teenage daughter by violating U.S. laws.

REP. LAMAR SMITH

House Judiciary Committee

Washington

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