Remember Maria Domingo-Garcia – the illegal alien mother who claimed to be breastfeeding a baby and got the media to shed tears on her behalf? Not only did ICE confirm she was not lactating, but it turns out that far from being a sympathetic victim, she actually victimized an American citizen or legal immigrant with identity theft.
Yesterday, Domingo-Garcia was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of ID theft and documentation fraud. The unsealed indictment, which was signed by a federal magistrate in the Southern District of Mississippi, charges Domingo-Garcia with knowingly obtaining a stolen Social Security card to gain employment at the Koch Foods plant in Norton, Mississippi, and falsely representing the identity of that number to obtain benefits.
The August 20 indictment came on the same day ICE confirmed that immigration personnel determined through a medical exam that Domingo-Garcia was not lactating and was therefore lying to the media through her attorneys, who claimed that ICE separated her from a nursing baby.
This is what is often lost in the media cycle about crying babies and sympathetic imagery of illegal aliens. They try to paint a portrait of harmless workers being attacked by big bad ICE agents. The reality is that many of these people have stolen American Social Security cards and have destroyed or disrupted countless lives. Bloomberg reporter Drew Armstrong recently wrote an essay chronicling his personal devastation caused by an illegal alien identity thief. It took him six years to clean up the financial mess, the endless purchases under his name, and the watchlists that he was placed on as a result of the illicit activity.
Why are the media or the politicians never looking out for the Americans who are victimized by those working here illegally under stolen identities?
It’s estimated that roughly 75 percent of illegal aliens commit some sort of felony fraud or identity theft.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, “Eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of illegal aliens in their total population are among the top 10 states in identity theft.” In Arizona alone, over one million children are victims of stolen identity, more than four times the national rate. Hispanic-Americans with Latino-sounding surnames are most vulnerable to such theft. In this case, Domingo-Garcia, according to the indictment, was using the alias “Denytria Nikkole Torres.” For those who believe immigration enforcement is a form of white supremacism, they might want to check how many Hispanics have suffered from identity theft committed by illegal immigrants.
Illegal aliens seeking employment will often be given the stolen Social Security numbers of children by the smuggling industry, because that will take longer to be detected. It has devastating consequences for the child victims, who begin their adulthood saddled with all of the criminality, fiscal liabilities, and taxes of these illegal aliens.
It now appears that some of Trump’s officials at the Department of Homeland Security are finally getting more aggressive in combatting illegal alien identity theft. An ICE official tells CR that “just on Tuesday, 40 indictments were issued in the Southern District of Mississippi for document fraud, false claim to U.S. citizenship, and misuse of a Social Security number.” He estimated that “a similar number of indictments were issued on Monday” and that they were all related to the Koch Foods enforcement operation.
Earlier this week, Border Patrol referred 15 illegal aliens for prosecution on document fraud in Louisiana.
The broader question is whether Republicans will actually try to run against the universally detested practice of identity theft committed by illegal aliens and their smugglers.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.