In the latest news from Portland we find an unintended consequence of the recent crackdowns on workers found using traditional counterfeit documentation. Illegal immigrants are now turning to Identity Theft.

There are apparently organized crime “vendors” involved in this growing business of providing workers with stolen identities, often those of children, senior citizens or people who have died. The employers are also enabling this behavior by looking the other way. Employers can get away with this because although federal law requires them to ask for documentation of legal status they aren’t required to then verify this documentation with the government. An employer can be prosecuted only if he knowingly hires an undocumented worker.

Clearly the federal laws need to be adjusted to hold Employers accountable for blatantly aiding and abetting this crime.