Did Donald Trump overstate the level of crime committed by illegal immigrants? Not according to the ACLU, the National Council of La Raza, the New York Times, and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
According to these organizations, as many as 75 percent of illegal immigrants use unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers to pay payroll (Social Security) taxes. That, in turn, means that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are committing multiple federal and state felonies including forgery, Social Security fraud, perjury on I-9 forms, and identity theft.
It also means that potentially millions of Americans, including an untold number of innocent children, are victims of identity theft when their Social Security numbers are used by illegal immigrants. Of course, the ACLU, La Raza, the New York Times, and the SSA conveniently overlook that connection and they are never challenged by the media or politicians.
In fact, to paraphrase Ross Perot, another presidential candidate who talked about issues that no one else would, "Illegal immigrant-driven identity theft is like an embarrassing family secret. All the neighbors know about it, but nobody wants to talk about it." If illegal immigrant-driven identity theft is brought up, there is a hushed silence while everyone looks at their feet until someone finally changes the subject because they don't want to acknowledge it or talk about it.
So when Trump said that many illegal immigrants crossing the border are "bringing crime", he was simply articulating what the ACLU, La Raza, the New York Times, the Social Security Administration, and his fellow Republican candidates know, but are not saying.
If Trump really wanted to put Bush and other Republican candidates, the national media, Latino groups, Macy's, Univision, NASCAR, and Serta on the spot, he would surround himself with innocent children who are victims of illegal-immigrant identity theft and then ask those attacking him the following question: "Will you join me in standing up for these innocent children or are you going to continue to stand with the illegal immigrants who are destroying their lives?"