Identity Theft and Immigration Reform Intersect

Imagine trying to file your five-year-old daughter as a dependent, only to find that she was “making too much money.” Or your child being denied Medicaid because he had wages reported on his social security number. That’s happened to six-year-old Carter Andrushko. His Social Security number was used at an OB/GYN’s office. An illegal immigrant was using his number for years before he was born, racking up all sorts of medical bills.… [Read more]

Understanding the Legal Rights of Undocumented Residents

Imagine that feeling you get in your gut sitting in your car on the side of the road after you get pulled over by the police. Why did the officer pull you over? Are all your documents up to date? Will he or she give you a ticket or let you off with a warning? You can’t help but feel anxious, even though in most cases the worst that will happen is you’ll get a fine and maybe a few points on your license.… [Read more]

In the Shadow of the American Dream, part 2

This is part two of my interview with Daniella P, a woman living and working in the United States without proper legal documentation, in the Shadows of The American Dream.

MI:  How did the events of 9/11 affect your chances of obtaining legal authorization to live and work in the U.S?

DP:  My family and I were in line for ten years, our petition for residency was done June of 1995.… [Read more]