Adventures in Immigration Non-Enforcement

Mark Krikorian, National Review, November 6, 2015

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{snip} The investigative unit of the Indianapolis NBC affiliate (suggested motto: “Doing the job national media won’t do”) reports that “the IRS is a knowing accomplice to millions of cases of identity theft while keeping victims in the dark.” Here’s their summary:

Findings of the 13 Investigates report include:

  • The IRS accepts millions of tax returns–and issues tax refunds–even when taxpayer documents show clear warning signs of identity theft
  • Confidential IRS policies instruct IRS employees not to tell taxpayers when someone else uses their social security number to earn income
  • The IRS allows illegal immigrants to “borrow” social security numbers that do not legally belong to them
  • The IRS is discontinuing a program to notify taxpayers when their social security number is used by someone else to gain employment

“Borrow” is the actual term used in the IRS manual for illegally using someone else’s Social Security number to get a job. And parts of the IRS employees’ manual that are hidden from the public (and provided by whistleblowers) warn IRS workers “Do not disclose to the taxpayer that . . . their SSN was reported on an ITIN return”. (ITIN is Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which the IRS issues to illegal aliens so they can file returns and get refunds.)

Listen to the whole report–it’s one unbelievable thing after another, which is why Sen. Dan Coats is “outraged” by it (though I won’t hold my breath for anything to change).

Investigative reporter Bob Segall is to be commended for his zeal and his persistence–he’s the one, after all, who a couple of years ago exposed the IRS’s improperly giving illegal aliens billions in tax credits and refunds.

The other recent example of Obama’s facilitating illegal immigration came from a piece by Law360 (behind a paywall). They report that audits of employers’ personnel records intended to make sure they’re not employing illegal aliens have declined dramatically, “the downward trend doesn’t appear to be slowing”.

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And nothing is where we’re headed now. The numbers that Law360 got from ICE show that there were 3,004 audits in FY 2012 and 3,127 in 2013, but only 1,320 in 2014 and just 360 during the first three quarters of 2015 (which would translate to an annual rate of 480).

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