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
Illegal Immigration Spurs Identity Theft
The top five states in terms of reported identity theft in 2007 all have large immigrant populations, City Journal says.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)

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.” (More illegal immigration stories.)

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