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Just How Many Immigrants Caught in Swift Raids Used False Identities to Damage Others’ Credit?

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I am a Chicana and my identity was stolen by an illegal alien. Yes, an illegal alien. Not an undocumented worker, not an economic migrant, not a border crosser, not an entrant. It ruined my credit, cost thousands of dollars getting the IRS off my back when they demanded back taxes and interest, credit bureaus hounding me when the noble migrant opened a credit card account in my name and ran up over $10,000 in bills for wide screen TVs, cash advances, washing machines, and expensive clothes. I am sick and tired of our community apologizing for these lawbreakers who could care less who is harmed.

(Anonymous to Latina Lista on December 18, 2006)

In all honesty, there is no defense for undocumented migrants who delude themselves into thinking that the Promised Land means “there’s plenty enough to go around” so that they not just assume a false identity to work but use it to create a lifestyle that did not belong to them.

However, though ICE has been wanting to show justification for the raids by releasing news in trickles of the number of victims who actually noticed their credit was being damaged and had the same misfortune as Anonymous, those numbers are still relatively small compared to the overall number of arrests in this Swift plant raids.

Unfortunately, the misdeeds of a few are being used to paint an unflattering picture of a whole group, who for the most part did backbreaking, stinky work to supply their families with the basics of life for a better future.

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