On August 7th, 680 illegal immigrants were arrested at a poultry plant in Mississippi. The ICE raid made headlines across the country, but some of the most shocking news about it just came out this week.
Around 400 of the illegal immigrants arrested were working under identities stolen from American citizens.
This is not an uncommon occurrence, and in some states, it’s actually illegal for local authorities to prosecute illegal immigrants for using another person’s identity to work in the US.
In October of this year, the US Supreme Court heard arguments over a case of immigrant identity theft in Kansas. In 2017, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a 1986 federal law prohibited three restaurant workers from being convicted for identity fraud. The State of Kansas was not happy with this ruling and decided to take the case to the US Supreme Court.
According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, states are not supposed to go after unauthorized workers, only the federal government can do that.
Arguments for Kansas v. Garcia are still being held, but the outcome will have far-reaching effects across the entire country. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the outcome of this case.
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