The Real Cost of Illegal Immigration: Identity Theft

An illegal alien in Texas was found guilty of “identity theft” in Texas in early January.  Besides turning the world upside down for the women whom she stole her identity from, this illegal immigrant used it to obtain food stamp.  If a person breaks the law entering our nation, then, logically, should it be a surprise they commit other crimes?

In this instance, it seems the credit of the victim was adversely affected and the taxpayer was fleeced into financially supporting a foreign national.  Illegal immigration has a moral and economic cost.

 An illegal immigrant accused of assuming the persona of a Texas teacher pleaded guilty Monday in a case that put a face on the growing crime of “total identity theft” in the United States.

Benita Cardona-Gonzalez, a Mexican national living in Topeka, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of possessing fraudulent identification documents in a deal with prosecutors that calls for an 18-month prison term.

The 32-year-old was accused of completely assuming the persona of Houston elementary school teacher Candida Gutierrez, who first went public in a story by The Associated Press. Gutierrez recounted how the thief not only opened bank and credit accounts, but assumed her entire persona — using it to get a job, a driver’s license, a mortgage, food stamps and even medical care for the birth of two children. All the while, the crook claimed the real Gutierrez was the one who had stolen her identity.  Read more….


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