What do you think Utah’s identity theft protection law comes too late for 11 month old child?

In March 2010, the Utah state legislature passed SB251 which requires all employers with 15 or more employees to protect children from illegal alien driven, job-related identity theft by using a status verification system such as E-Verify.

SB251 enters into effect on July 1, 2010 which is too late to protect an 11 month old Utah child who is the victim of identity theft.

Monica Zamora Vazquez, 28, an illegal alien, was arrested for using the identity of the child to get a job. She faces charges of identity fraud, theft by deception and possession of a forged writing device. These are felonies.

The 11 month old victim of the crime had been denied taxpayer funded medical assistance to help pay for treatment for heart problems because Ms. Vazquez was earning income under the victim’s Social Security number.

Like millions of other illegal aliens, Vazquez had obtained a Social Security card in her name with another person’s number on it.

According to a senior official of the Social Security Administration, approximately seventy-five percent of all illegal aliens have a fraudulently obtained Social Security number.

The Social Security numbers of children are especially valuable since illegal aliens can use the number for many years before the child or his parents become aware of the problem.

It is estimated that 50,000 Utah children have their identities being used, primarily by illegal aliens to get jobs. In Arizona, 1.1 million children are believed to be impacted by this crime.

In addition to being denied critically needed taxpayer funded medical benefits as occurred in this case, victims of illegal alien identity theft have their credit ruined, may be saddled with arrest records, be pursued by the IRS for unpaid taxes on income earned under their Social Security numbers and may even have their medical records corrupted with life threatening consequences.

SB251 was passed specifically to prevent adults from using the Social Security numbers of children to get jobs.

If all employers used E-Verify, no adult could use a child’s Social Security number with her own name as Ms. Vazquez did because E-Verify matches the name, Social Security number and date of birth.

Even if the name and Social Security matched, a child’s date of birth being used by an adult would raise flags.

Utah employers and Hispanic organizations strongly opposed efforts to protect children from this type of identity theft.

Business groups have been accused of sacrificing Utah children to identity theft in order to increase their profits while Hispanic organizations are accused of willingly sacrificing American children for the benefit of illegal aliens.

Legislation is now being considered to close the loophole in the law that allows employers with less than 15 employees to continue to hire illegal aliens using the stolen identities of children.http://www.examiner.com/x-32429-Salt-Lake-City-Immigration-Examiner~y2010m6d5-Utahs-identity-theft-protection-law-comes-too-late-for-11-month-old-child

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