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    Senior Member Brian503a's Avatar
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    California or ground zero of the invasion

    2,551 migrant licenses revoked in Florida ... 273747.htm

    Posted on Thu, Apr. 06, 2006

    2,551 migrant licenses revoked
    Florida has canceled more than 2,500 driver's licenses and ID cards because of fraudulent applications by foreign nationals who had no immigration status.


    Florida has revoked more than 2,500 driver's licenses issued to foreign nationals -- most of them in South Florida -- who used fraudulent documents to obtain them, the head of the Homeland Security agency that oversees immigration services disclosed Wednesday.

    Emilio González, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said at a news conference in Washington that agency employees detected the fraud and alerted the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles last summer.

    ''We identified the problem, informed the state of Florida of the situation and they expeditiously moved out with a bulletin,'' González said.

    González's announcement marked the first time the federal government publicly acknowledges the success of a system set up in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to prevent undocumented foreign nationals from obtaining Florida driver's licenses and identification cards. Some of the 9/11 terrorist hijackers, including plot leader Mohamed Atta, had obtained Florida driver's licenses, though they were entitled to them because they had valid visas.

    T.N. Prakash, chief of the bureau of driver improvement and the bureau of financial responsibility at Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles said the fraud involved 2,551 driver's licenses and identification cards. He said holders of those documents were notified by mail and their names added to computerized lists police officers check when they stop a driver or question a suspect on the street.

    Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Florida became the first state in the country to require that driver's licenses expire at the same time that immigration documents expire.

    Florida license offices used to issue a driver's license or ID card to foreign nationals who submitted receipts from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services showing their work permit applications were being processed.

    When Prakash's office checked the names of thousands of denied applicants against his records, he discovered that 2,551 had received a license or ID card. Because of the incident, Prakash said, the department no longer accepts work permit petition processing receipts for first-time license or ID card applicants.

    The Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles issues about seven million driver's licenses a year. Last year it issued about 610,000 licenses to noncitizens, said Sandra Lambert, director of the division of driver's licenses.

    Federal officials also announced the creation of joint task forces in 10 U.S. cities to combat document and immigration benefit fraud. Fraud-proof immigration documents are a goal of federal lawmakers as Congress debates whether to legalize almost 12 million undocumented immigrants.

    Many of these immigrants resort to fraudulent documents to obtain better-paying jobs. A Mexican national recently interviewed in Homestead had a fake green card that looked realistic. He said he had purchased it in Illinois where he worked.

    The new document and benefit fraud task forces will operate in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and St. Paul, Minn., said Julie Myers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement assistant secretary.

    Though Miami was not included, Myers said fraud investigations were going on throughout the country.
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    Senior Member mapwife's Avatar
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    An they say they don't come here for the services "only to work."
    Illegal aliens remain exempt from American laws, while they DEMAND American rights...

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    Aww come on now dont these poor Illegal Immigrants need to use any means possible to just make thier lives better and the Stupid Politicians agree with them. Its thier Illegal Rights to break Our laws and make us pay there way to a better life, health and Happiness.
    Your Rights END where MY Rights Begin. You have NO Rights if You Are ILLEGAL.

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