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Though school district issues false SS#s, nobody is charged with identity theft

LatinaLista — One of the cornerstones of attack against undocumented immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been identity theft.

DHS and other critics have consistently based their accusations that undocumented immigrants are criminals because they knowingly use Social Security numbers that do not belong to them. However, it’s been conveniently overlooked that in many of these cases where false social security numbers were used, the workers received them either directly from their employers or with their help.
Yet, the accusation that the immigrants are solely to blame still stands with little attempt to lay the fault where it begins.
However, all of that may change now because of a stupid error with good intentions intended only to expedite salaries being paid.


The Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas has not had a very good school year. The 2008-2009 academic year barely got started when it was discovered that there was a $64 million budget shortfall and several hundred teachers would lose their jobs.
Understandably, there were hard feelings among some of the teachers who were let go and who got to stay. What particularly rankled some dismissed teachers was the fact that teachers hired to staff bilingual classes got to stay and they didn’t. Not because these were bilingual teachers but because they were teachers hired from Mexico, Spain and other countries in South America who, according to accusations, weren’t even certified to teach.
Come to find out they were also temporarily working with false social security numbers supplied by the school district.

DISD had been issuing the fake numbers – some of which had already been assigned to people elsewhere – for several years before ending the practice this summer. The false numbers were issued to get the foreign citizens – mostly teachers brought in on visas to teach bilingual classes – on the payroll quickly.

Of course, the leadership in charge is disavowing any knowledge of the practice and those that did know didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. No one has been labeled a criminal for doing this and rightfully, none of the teachers who were issued a false social security card have been labeled one as such either.
Whether or not they had their visas is besides the point since the issue, as we’ve always been led to believe, is how using a false social security number is a criminal act.
Obviously, the criminalization of someone lies in the eye and discriminatory tastes of the beholder.

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    Sandra
    November 21, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Both the suppliers and the users of fake or stolen SS#’s should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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    Evelyn
    November 21, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    It’s funny how anchor babies of those who invaded these lands want the children of the indigenous to these lands to follow the rules they make. They need to start accepting that life as they knew it will never be the same.

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    Sandra
    November 22, 2008 at 7:37 am

    The rules and laws of this country are set by the U.S. government. One of them is that is against the law to use fake or stolen I.D. It is in place to protect all citizens of this country regardless of race or ethnicity.

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    Evelyn
    November 24, 2008 at 3:11 am

    The U.S. Gov. is made up by anchor babies.
    Who protects the indigenous peoples of this land?

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    Sandra
    November 24, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    The U.S. government is made up of U.S. citizens.
    The inigenous tribes of this country have treaties with the U.S. government.

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    Sandra
    November 24, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I would also add that in addition to having treaties with the U.S., the tribes indigenous to what is now the U.S. also have full citizenship conferred on them and all rights which are granted to U.S. citizens in addition to autonomous control of their tribal lands.

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    Evelyn
    November 24, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    It is reassuring to see people of color in control of this country. I never thought I would see the day when that would happen. It’s funny how some Americans are so afraid of seeing other than white Europeans in charge.

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    Sandra
    November 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Umm…where have you been for the last few decades??? There have been many non-whites holding high office in this country! Did you miss Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice? Oh, I guess you only recognize non-whites when they are LEFTISTS! Riiiight! If they do not share your political views, they don’t count–better yet, they are “sell-outs, vendidos, Uncle Toms” and a whole host of other very creative epithets the far left uses to describe people of color with a different political viewpoint!
    I don’t think the average white person in this country spends 1/10th of the time obsessing over the race of any office holder as you do. You are the one who sleeps, eats and breathes race! It must be exhausting to be so obsessed and hung up on the color of peoples’ skin all the time. How do you manage?
    Obama was elected with a high percentage of white votes so that blows the race theory, doesn’t it? White or other racists of color are a minority in this country but you will dwell on the white ones in particular to push your white-hating agenda.

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