Shane Falco

Source Notes #26 (Journalistic, Multimedia)

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2009 at 3:42 am

Title: Targeting Illegal Immigrants Through ID Theft Laws

Summary: This is a radio news report on npr.com that talks about a case in which an immigrant used fraudulent I.D. documents at work and then used his real ID when filing taxes.  He is now paying the consequences through ID theft laws.

Topic: Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?

Category: Journalistic

What is it? A National Public Radio broadcast on npr.com.  It covers the issue of  immigration and fraudulent documents.

Publication Information: Feb 24, 2009
Author: Megan Verlee

Location: http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=101092334&m=101092311

Accessed: 3/8/09

Support: IRS and (ITIN), U.S. Supreme Court, Jose Mendoza

The IRS  wants everyone to apply for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN).  This allows for everyone, regardless of immigration status, to file taxes even without a valid social security number.  This also allows for people to use fraudulent information at work, but real information when filing taxes.  The United States Supreme Court is hearing a case involving Jose Mendoza, who used the alias name Cesar Jimenez for his working documents.

Audience and Agenda:
National Public Radio serves an audience of nearly 26 million Americans each week.  NPR works in partnership with more than 860 independently operated radio stations.  NPR is privately supported, and not-for-profit.  According to quantcast.com, the NPR website reaches 2.4 million people a month.

Usefulness:
This is a useful broadcast because it shows that identity theft issues involving immigrants seem to be at the root of the problem.  A lot of immigrants use fake or stolen identities to land American jobs.  If employers knew how to identify these documents through specialized training, then immigrants would have less success working around taxes, and getting jobs in the first place.  It seems immigration and economics go hand-in-hand in U.S. politics.

Works cited:
NPR.com, Google, Quantcast

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