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What portion of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. have false identity documents that might allow them to illegally work, vote, and receive welfare?

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In 2017, California Senate Leader and Democrat Kevin De Leon testified that "anyone who has family members who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification." This is corroborated by (1) a 2013 report by the Social Security Administration that estimated there were 0.7 million unauthorized immigrants who worked by using SS numbers obtained by using "fraudulent birth certificates" and 1.8 million who worked by using SS numbers "that did not match their name"; (2) a 2002 Government Accountability Office study that found "the use of fraudulent documents by aliens is extensive"; (3) a 1998 bust in Los Angeles that "seized nearly two million counterfeit documents" such as "permanent resident cards and SS cards"; and (4) a 2005 NY Times article that reported: "Currently available for about $150 on street corners in just about any immigrant neighborhood in California, a typical fake ID package includes a green card and a SS card."

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