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Immigrant advocates say no justice for ID theft


Should illegal immigrants using false documents to work face stiffer charges than college students using fake identification cards to drink alcohol and enter bars?

Immigrant advocates say no. They are accusing the Maricopa County Attorney's Office of bringing excessive charges against undocumented immigrants arrested for identify theft crimes.

A spokesman for County Attorney Bill Montgomery says the allegations are "bogus" because college students with fake IDs are not defrauding anyone, while illegal immigrants are using illegal documents to obtain jobs and file false tax documents.

Illegal immigrants caught in Maricopa County's frequent job-site raids could face felony charges of forgery and false identity that bar them from posting bail.

In contrast, college students found with fake IDs often have the illegal document seized and then are let go.

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