High court upholds immigrants' rights

05/5/2009 | NYTimes.com

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that prosecutors cannot use an identity-theft law against illegal workers who faked their Social Security numbers in order to get jobs. "An immigrant who uses a false Social Security number to get a job doesn't intend to harm anyone, and it makes no sense to spend our tax dollars to imprison them for two years," said Chuck Roth, litigation director at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago.

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