Supreme Court Limits Identity Theft Law
The Supreme Court has ruled undocumented workers using false papers cannot be charged with aggravated identity theft unless they knew their fake IDs belonged to a real person. The Bush administration frequently charged undocumented immigrants with felony identity theft, which carries a two-year sentence. Prosecutors had used the threat of a felony to persuade undocumented workers to plead guilty to lesser charges of document fraud.
Aggravated identity theft was the tactic used against immigrant meat packers in the infamous Postville, Iowa raid of 2008.
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