Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Friday, December 15, 2006
They're Coming To Get You
Remember the big headline story about arresting illegal immigrants at Swift? Digby talks about it today in a good post which reminds me that I wanted to mention it as well.

I also watched the Newshour piece that featured Julie Myers representing Homeland Security for the Reich. The headlines and the administration would like to you to think that Mexicans are flooding over the borders and stealing your identity. As I said to Jan, "there's identity theft and then there's IDENTITY THEFT". Using a legal citizen's name to get a job is one thing. Stealing someone's identity to charge megabucks on a credit account is another. Yet, if you weren't paying close attention, you would think that the later was happening in a mind blowing conspiracy.

I don't know all the details, but we will before long. I'm betting that there was no real identity theft, but rather fake documents used to get a job. This is nothing new and is a misuse of the term "identity theft" to mislead Americans into thinking the brown hoard is coming to steal our ability to buy new IPods. After all. Think about it. If you were stealing someone's money, would you be working at a Swift Meat Packing Plant?

Oh, and by the way. The company was not charged. With anything.