View from the other side

Another day since November 8, another protest.  I can’t really tell one from the next at this point.

CNN explains why this protest is happening.  Illegal immigrant Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, was deported to Mexico after being here in the US for 21 years.  And it’s all Trump’s fault.

OK, so why is she being deported now?  Anybody want to clue me in?

CNN finally tosses out one tiny detail that is key to understanding this:

She was arrested in 2008 during a workplace raid and convicted one year later of felony criminal impersonation.

That’s right.  Ms. Garcia de Rayos was guilty of identity theft, using a fraudulent Social Security Number.

Now not just am I glad they deported her, I hope they deported her to Nogales with a catapult, and I hope ICE gives each and every one of those protesters some stick time.

I was the victim of identity theft.  I went into the hospital for surgery when I was still in grad school.  Of course the hospital takes all your information when you sign in.  I found out sometime way later, that a disgruntled hospital employee stole the surgery center’s patient records and sold all the personal information on the black market.

Let me tell you how that fucked up my life for years afterwards.

My credit score went to hell.  I didn’t know until one day my credit card was canceled because my credit score was too low for me to qualify for the card.  People had racked up over a quarter of a million dollars of debt in my name.  For three years, I didn’t get a tax return because someone else claimed it in my name.  I had to go to the IRS with my long form birth certificate to get enrolled in their PIN system to get a unique number to file for my taxes.

I tried to buy a house when I graduated.  I should be beatified for the patience I showed with the mortgage company trying to figure out which debts were mine and which were fraudulent.

People tried to empty by bank account TWICE.

I have to have redundant passwords on everything.

People committed crimes in my name and I had to go to the local Sheriffs department in South Dakota to prove I was not the person arrested in California on a felony charge.  Yes, that person was an illegal with a fraudulent ID obtained with my SSN.

It took me about five years to get my records straightened out and my credit score back to where it was.

I came away from that experience with the firm belief that identity theft should be a capital offense.

So boo hoo hoo that this woman is being deported and taken away from her kids.

I believe 100% that using fraudulent information should be grounds for immediate deportation.

It is not a victimless crime.   There are literally tens of millions of people whose entire personal financial future is at stake because of identity theft.

This woman is getting no sympathy from me.

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