Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Supreme Court to hear case about illegals who do not know they are simulating real people when getting work
The Supreme Court will hear, on Oct. 27, a the case of Ignacio Flores-Figuero, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who used the social security number of a real US person with the same name to get work in Illinois. Federal law says that all that is necessary for a conviction is that he used the fake identity of a real person. He does not need to know that this is a real person, but that is the constitutional point at issue. The Eight Circuit has agreed with this interpretation.
The story is by Adam Liptak in the New York Times, Oct. 21, 2008, “Justices take on Illegal Workers and Penalties for Identity Theft,” link here.
The US Code reference from the Cornell University Law Library is US1028a here and next page.