Social Security Scam Shows How Immigration Corrupts
If the government cannot control the documents it
issues, what is the point of issuing more documents,
such as a
national identity card?
Last week U.S. Attorney
William S. Duffey Jr. announced the
arrest and indictment of Social Security
Administration employees in Atlanta, Georgia, for
selling Social Security numbers to
illegal aliens. The U.S. Attorney`s office described
the scheme as a large and lucrative business run by the
A Social Security number is an
important identification document. A person with a
Social Security number can easily create an American
existence for himself. If an illegal alien can buy a
number for work purposes, a terrorist can purchase a
number for his purpose.
If a Social Security number can be purchased in
Fulton County, Georgia, numbers can likely be bought in
other locales as well. If Social Security numbers can be
purchased, so also can other identification documents.
It recently came to light that a U.S. consular office
was selling visas to Muslims.
The failure of the INS to protect the U.S. against
entry and presence of illegal immigrants endangers the
integrity of government. Prior to the presence of
millions of illegals in our country, there was no
illicit demand for Social Security numbers and, thus, no
temptation to corruption of Social Security employees.
Face it, there is the huge and overlooked cost of
illegal immigration–the corruption of government
agencies with power to issue important documents.
Last August I reported in a
column that in its annual report to Congress the
U.S. Office of Personnel Management bragged that
“preferred minorities” were vastly over-represented in
As almost all immigrants into the U.S., both legal
and illegal, are classified as “preferred minorities,”
recent immigrants will be over-represented in federal
The U.S. no longer draws its immigrant population
from England and Europe, where behavior in accord with
the rule of law is second nature to the people. For
three decades the U.S. has been drawing its immigrants
from Third World countries where an office in government
is understood by all as a license to collect bribes.
The U.S. cannot import tens of millions of Third
World peoples, forsake assimilation, celebrate
multiculturalism, and avoid Third World mores. Once the
U.S. has Third World immigrants as prosecutors and
police, criminals will be able to purchase their
freedom with bribes. Punishment will fall on those who
can`t meet the price of a bribe.
There is no rational basis for U.S. immigration
policy. What drives U.S. immigration policy is the soppy
assumption that environment determines behavior.
Soppy-minded immigration enthusiasts actually believe
that the mere act of
crossing our frontier turns the immigrant into an
American and infuses the immigrant with American beliefs
and habits. The immigrant becomes a law-abiding person
in spite of everything his life has taught him to that
When Greek and Latin were taught in our schools,
Americans understood the challenge of immigration. It
was clear to all that Rome under the Germans was
different from Rome ruled by Romans.
If our language and culture are not passed on to
immigrants, where will they learn to value integrity in
government and the rule of law?
Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
here for Peter
Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.