The San Jose Mercury News has yet another "human interest" story on the travails of illegal immigrants: Caught in Crackdown: Some Return to Mexico; Others Scrape By:
The paychecks Brjida Muñoz brought home helped with rent on a San Jose duplex for her family of seven, and the job provided health insurance, including treatment for her diabetes. Her work was stable after nearly five years, and enjoyable, too.More tear jerking tales by following the link.
Then she hastily quit after admitting to her employer that she was using a false Social Security number. Muñoz is one of tens of thousands of immigrants nationwide, most of them here illegally, who have lost jobs because of a government campaign to crack down on employees using Social Security numbers that don't belong to them.
Actually it's a pretty tepid "crackdown". The employer merely gets a letter once a year listing employees who are using invalid Social Security numbers. They're supposed to ask the employee to clear it up.
The crackdown is heavily denounced by labor unions and immigrant advocates.Ah! The usual suspects. And it's clear that they aren't "immigrant advocates", they're illegal alien apologists.
``Whether it's the Social Security Administration's purpose or not, the reality is that this is having an unintended consequence that's affecting primarily a majority of undocumented workers,'' said Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center in Oakland.And the problem with that is exactly what, Marielena?