Illegal Immigration Spurs Identity Theft

But many federal agencies aren't doing enough, City Journal says

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted May 18, 2008 6:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Identity theft and illegal immigration are not only keeping cops busy, they're often linked, Steven Malanga writes in City Journal. Illegals are known to swipe US workers' data to obtain jobs or commit crimes, and the top five states for identity theft have large immigrant populations. But efforts to stop the ID crime wave are drying up.

“Efforts to crack down on identity theft have proved controversial," Malanga writes. "Many local law enforcement agencies still don’t treat the theft as a serious crime. Until they do, Americans who have had their identity stolen will pay the price in time, stress, and expensive legal bills.”

The top five states in terms of reported identity theft in 2007 all have large immigrant populations, City Journal says.
The top five states in terms of reported identity theft in 2007 all have large immigrant populations, City Journal says.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Frustrated by what some see as a tepid federal response, local officials in the hardest-hit areas have stepped up anti-theft efforts.
Frustrated by what some see as a tepid federal response, local officials in the hardest-hit areas have stepped up anti-theft efforts.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Illegal immigration is fueling the rise in identity theft, City Journal says.
Illegal immigration is fueling the rise in identity theft, City Journal says.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Some illegal immigrants steal Americans' identities in order to gain employment, City Journal says.
Some illegal immigrants steal Americans' identities in order to gain employment, City Journal says.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Despite the rise in identity theft, efforts to crack down on it have proved controversial.
Despite the rise in identity theft, efforts to crack down on it have proved controversial.   (AP Photo)
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