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Letters: E-Verify's side benefit

September 19, 2012

Re "Grocer's plan to use E-Verify stirs anger," Sept. 17

Congratulations to the owner of Mi Pueblo Food Center for having the courage to stand up for what is right and deciding to participate in the federal E-Verify program. Many of the grocer's critics fail to consider an important benefit of E-Verify: to make sure that a person applying for a job using a Social Security number in fact obtained that number legally.

My fiancee was the victim of identity theft when a person used her Social Security number for employment in another state. As a single mother of two, she needed every dollar she made. The IRS held her tax return for three years and threatened to garnish her wages until she was able to prove that she was not the person who earned $40,000 in another state. This caused enormous hardship.

Estevan Martinez

Hacienda Heights

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