According to information published by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), there were approximately 1.2 million cases in 2017 alone in which an illegal alien filed a tax return reporting wages earned using a Social Security Number that belonged to someone else or was fabricated.
TIGTA has reported as well that the IRS documented more than 1.3 million cases of identity theft by illegal aliens with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN), which are only given to people ineligible to work in the United States or receive Social Security.
These numbers help answer the question Celia Llopis-Jepsen, a reporter for the Kansas News Service, raises in her ongoing article about the legal battle between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union over a tough 2011 Kansas law demanding proof of citizenship to vote.
Asks Llopis-Jepsen, more than a little rhetorically, “How far must people go to prove they’re really Americans when they register to vote? Does simply swearing to the fact — at risk of perjury, prison, fines and deportation — protect democracy from non-Americans subverting an election? Or are cheaters common enough that only documents — say a birth certificate or a passport — go far enough to protect the integrity of the ballot box?”
If millions of aliens are willing to risk prison, fines and deportation to work illegally in the United States why would they fear voting illegally especially given the nearly complete absence of official scrutiny? Indeed, the most famous illegal immigrant in Kansas, Syed Jamal of Bangladesh, publicly presented himself as a candidate for school board in Lawrence.
The media have shown remarkably little curiosity about election fraud nationwide. In 2017, testifying before the Senate’s Public Safety Committee against President Trump’s action on immigration, Democrat California Senate Leader Kevin De Leon admitted, “Anyone who has family members who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification.”
Given the laxity of controls, it should not be a surprise that according to a 2013 McLaughlin & Associates scientific bilingual poll of Hispanic adults 13 percent of the non-citizens reported they were registered to vote. And these numbers are probably lower than they ought to be. In a 2008 Harvard/YouGov survey, for instance, 14 percent of self-declared non-citizens who said they were not registered to vote were found to be registered when matched to a database of consumer and voting data. This amounts to at least a million votes.
To date, the reporting on the Kobach case, locally and nationally, has been remarkably one-sided even by current media standards. “Enforcing this law is like taking a bazooka to a fly,” said attorney ACLLU Dale Ho, and that comment more or less sums up the media take on Kobach’s argument.
If, however, the media thought illegal aliens were voting Republican, those flies would be everywhere, and they would be carrying the bazookas.