|Illegal Applications |
Last week (July of 2003) I read an article in the Rocky Mountain News about people faking their social security numbers in order to get clearance to work at a federal military facility. This is a felony offense, and the people involved were arrested.
It sounds like justice was served, right? Wrong.
The people involved in acquiring fake social security numbers are in the country illegally, and “immigrant rights groups” are making a lot of noise about these arrests as being “racist.”
In the article, James Chaparro, a U.S. special agent, says that beyond the felony issue, security is also a huge problem. He says, "If this could be exploited by someone using counterfeit documents, that same vulnerability can be exploited by a terrorist."
In my opinion, our language choices have clouded an important issue: People in this country illegally are now called “undocumented workers.” But the fact remains they’re here illegally.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not anti-immigration. My grandparents immigrated here TWICE (they moved back then came back), but both times they went through the proper channels. Let’s bring immigrants in, but let’s do it legally. Otherwise we inevitably encounter problems like the one in Colorado.