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Posted: 3/5/2006 1:57:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/5/2006 1:58:21 PM EDT by 22bad]
Well, if a wall won't work(it will), and workplace enforcement won't work(it will), we might as well give up. Who wants to negotiate the terms of surrender?

Immigration Plan May Spark Fraud
Web Editor: Bryan Toussaint
3/5/2006
SHANNON McCAFFREY
Associated Press
www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=76944
ATLANTA (AP)- Experts say plans by lawmakers to require many Georgia companies to verify that their employees are in the country legally could be seriously undermined by document and identity fraud.

The "Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act" - which is moving through the Legislature - relies on a pair of federal programs to crosscheck a potential employee or government aid recipient with the hundreds of millions of files of the Social Security Administration.

But those programs are unable to detect some types of fraud, according to a report from the U.S. General Accountability Office released in August. Especially difficult to find are instances in which one person uses another's legitimate identification, the report found.
Law enforcement officials say the creation and distribution of counterfeit documents is a booming black market business and finding a fake ID is easy for anyone who has the cash.

"It's a big problem," said Ken Smith, special agent in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

He called the use of false documents "prevalent," especially in areas like the farm belt of south Georgia, which rely heavily on migrant labor.

Forgers have also become very mobile, Smith said, able to churn out counterfeit IDs from a laptop in the back of a truck.

A recent fraud bust in Denver, Colo. unearthed a massive document fraud ring with "franchise" operations peddling IDs in a number of cities, including Atlanta.

State Senate Bill 529, which passed out of committee last week, would require companies seeking state contracts to verify whether a person was legally able to work. Recipients of most state benefits would also have to be verified.

Separately, a bill has passed the House that would require people wiring money to pay a 5 percent surcharge if they do not have proof they are in the country legally, putting clerks in a position of reviewing their documents.

"All it's going to do is drive the economy underground," said state Sen. Sam Zamarripa, D-Atlanta.

That theory is supported by a paper from Julia Marlowe, a professor of consumer economics at the University of Georgia, which found that when illegal immigrants are denied drivers licenses the number of fake licenses and insurance documents increases.

"It's pretty clear that it's an incentive for the black market. These people still need to drive and they find a way to do it," Marlowe said. "The same will probably hold true with work. It's necessity."

Supporters of the measures argue that even if the system is imperfect it's a start.

"The problem is Congress bans the employment of illegal aliens but bases the verification on pieces of paper and plastic. It's almost designed to create business for document fraud," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington D.C., which favors tougher immigration laws. "It's almost designed to create business for document fraud."

"But the point is that we have to make it progressively harder for illegal immigrants to get a job and we have to begin somewhere," Krikorian said.

State Sen. Chip Rogers, lead sponsor on the Georgia legislation, did not return telephone messages left at his office Thursday and Friday seeking comment.

Steps are being taken to make some key IDs - like drivers licenses and green cards - less susceptible to fraud. The REAL ID Act, which passed in Congress last year, put in place tough new standards for driver's licenses. And state officials said Georgia has already taken steps to make it harder to use fraudulent documents to obtain a drivers license.

But a key problem is that under federal law some 27 forms of identification may be presented as proof of employee eligibility and some are more prone to fraud than others. An employer cannot request a specific document from the list of those that are acceptable. And, in cases where an employer suspects a person has presented a fraudulent document, they may not ask for another form of ID because the employee could claim the they are being discriminated against, the GAO report found. The GAO recommended narrowing down the list of employee eligibility documents.

Michael Cutler, a former agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Services, is critical of lax enforcement of immigration laws in the workplace. "Fraud is the biggest threat we have to national security," he said.
Even critics admit that the solution is not an easy one.

Employers in need of workers have an incentive to look the other way if they see questionable documents. They can only be fined if they knowingly hire someone who is an illegal immigrant.

One potential solution is to place a biometric identifier - like a fingerprint or an iris scan - on an ID to cut down on fraud. However, such a move would be costly and raises concern from civil liberties and libertarian circles.
In Georgia, Zamarripa inserted an amendment to the immigration bill to crack down on false "notarios," people who dispense bogus legal advice and sometimes documents to unsuspecting immigrants. Even he acknowledges the provision will likely do little to address the large issue of document fraud.

"In the end, some of my fellow lawmakers will probably be able to go home and say they've done something to stop illegal immigration,"

Zamarripa said. "But will there be fewer illegal immigrants working in Georgia? Probably not."
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 1:59:58 PM EDT
What kind of idiotic fucked up logic is that? Morons.

"We shouldn't actively prosecute pedophiles, it will drive them underground"
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 2:04:09 PM EDT
All they have to do is take the chain off the LEOs, get a bunch of busses ready, and tell v fox where he can shove the illegals
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