After tabulating wage reports, Social Security has identified employers having at least 10, 100 or even 1,000 or more stolen or fictitious Social Security numbers. Thousands of wage reports include such obviously fraudulent numbers as 000-00-0000 and 999-99-9999.
Soon after 9-11, conscientious lower-level federal employees sent nearly a million No-Match Letters to employers that had reported at least 10 phony Social Security numbers on their employee wage reports. That caused a firestorm of overreaction from the usual suspects, and the Bush administration stopped the program.
With the collapse of "comprehensive" amnesty legislation in the summer of 2007, the Bush administration again prepared to send out a batch of a half-million No-Match Letters to employers who were still submitting many false or stolen ID numbers. A federal district judge issued a nationwide injunction against mailing the letters, and then-DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff (a former federal judge himself) meekly obeyed.
The third important tool available to secure our borders is the long-delayed US-VISIT system for tracking the entry and exit of tourists, students and temporary workers. It's estimated that 40 percent of all persons illegally present in the United States actually entered with legal documents, but simply failed to go home when they were supposed to.
US-VISIT should have caught most or all of the 9-11 hijackers before they carried out their murderous conspiracy. There is simply no way we can protect our national security unless we can reliably know who is entering and leaving our country each day.
Congress originally authorized US-VISIT in the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996, but its completion was delayed during 12 years of foot-dragging by the Clinton and Bush administrations. The Obama administration shows no sign of prioritizing this critically important tool.
Word has leaked that a new "comprehensive" amnesty bill will come before Congress in September. That's why the Democratic leadership has repeatedly refused to extend E-Verify beyond the end of the current fiscal year.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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