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Illegal Immigration and Identity Theft

2012 Update

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Illegal Immigration and Identity Theft

The face of illegal immigration is evolving, and now, more than ever, political lines are being drawn.

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There have been some significant numbers come in concerning illegal immigration. When you understand that there is a connection between illegal immigration and identity theft, you understand a more organic concept of the financial world – which should appeal to my Vegan friends.

July, Tom Blummer launched his opinion against AP's Julie Watson, pointing to documentation that said illegal immigrants in 2010 comprised as much as 16% of the American population – or may be as low as 11 million – or something. FOX News said the same day that illegal immigration costs 113 million dollars per year – no, make that billion. The point is, numbers say pretty much whatever the statistics guy wants them to say, so listen to who you want to on that stuff. And the bigger point is, regardless of growth or shrinkage, most Americans are beginning to see this is a problem that must be addressed.

Finally.

But what's going on might be a bit disconcerting, too.

Earlier this year, while President Obama extended immunity to some illegal immigrants a defense contractor won a contract with the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs enforcement to provide a hefty supply of ammunition. Their contract may go as long as 5 years, and provide for 450,000,000 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. That's a lot of bullets. ICE has also contracted with a California-based company to start using license plate readers to step up immigration enforcement. (And I'm quite sure conspiracy theories surround this stuff, too.)

Again, not much for political speculation, but the overall picture seems to be one of conciliatory gestures officially, along with stepped up enforcement.

What will this mean in the identity theft world? Honestly, only time will tell. The conflicting measures being taken in Washington D.C. make it difficult to even figure out what the illegal population may do over the next few years. But the basics will remain the same: working in the United States requires a Social Security number. When this is no longer necessary, the need for stolen Social Security numbers will diminish greatly, and people will be able to be themselves again – at least far more frequently.

Of course, this doesn't change the American financial picture overall, it's simply shifting the cost from identity theft to supporting the population in some other financial avenue – most likely social aid programs… although many of these are being targeted, as well.

The advice, as well, is basic: protect your social security number well. Don't give it out to just everyone who asks, and make sure they have a privacy policy that covers the information they are collecting. Keep an eye on statements that come from the Social Security Administration, and make sure their numbers for your yearly earnings is accurate.

Although it will most likely be the Internal Revenue Service that you get the news from.

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