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April 11, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
Some Democrats have suddenly embraced the old notion of turning Social Security cards into national photo IDs. The goal is to undermine Republican voter suppression efforts that rely on demanding government-issued photos, by making these universally available. What a terrible idea. First, the endorsement parade: It was started this week by former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young while attending a ceremony at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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April 14, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
A certain William Wachtel, the co-founder of WhyTuesday , an election reform group chaired by former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, wrote me over the weekend to complain that I treated Young harshly by criticizing his proposal to require Social Security to issue photo IDs. I called it "a terrible idea. " Norman Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute and another co-founder of WhyTuesday, also defended the proposal, which Young mentioned at an event last week marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Ornstein mounted his defense via Twitter , which only made Young's idea sound even shallower and more foolish.  What these gentlemen failed to do is explain why requiring Social Security to issue photo IDs is not a terrible idea.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1988
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were looking for narcotics suspects were tipped off to a counterfeiting operation when a man near their search accidentally dropped a blank Social Security card, officials said Sunday. The deputies were pursuing a narcotics investigation at 10 p.m. Saturday in the 5000 block of Makee Avenue in the unincorporated Florence district, Deputy Kathryn Nielsen said.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
Some Democrats have suddenly embraced the old notion of turning Social Security cards into national photo IDs. The goal is to undermine Republican voter suppression efforts that rely on demanding government-issued photos, by making these universally available. What a terrible idea. First, the endorsement parade: It was started this week by former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young while attending a ceremony at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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June 10, 1990 | NANCY BENAC, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Daniel Patrick Moynihan was 15 when he got his Social Security card in 1943. He promptly lost it. "It didn't look like anything worth keeping," the New York senator recalled. "It did not suggest its importance." Moynihan, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on Social Security, for more than a decade has been crusading to replace the paper card with something more impressive and tamper-resistant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1998
A Social Security Administration employee and a U.S. Customs inspector have pleaded guilty in federal court to using fake Social Security cards to obtain a $208,050 mortgage loan. Janice Washington, 38, a service representative with the Social Security Administration office in Watts, and her husband, Darryl, , 39, an inspector for the U.S. Customs Service, admitted in U.S. District Court that in 1991 they both submitted fraudulent applications for Social Security numbers, said Assistant U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1998
Three men were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and selling false documents Thursday after an undercover police officer bought a phony Social Security card at an indoor Van Nuys swap meet, authorities said. A detective with Community Effort to Combat Auto Theft, a multi-agency task force, placed an order for a Social Security card at a booth at the Valley Downtown Swap Meet, near the intersection of Van Nuys and Victory boulevards, said Los Angeles Police Det. Robert Graybill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1986 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, Times Staff Writer
On many days, Doug arrives at his restaurant management job in Costa Mesa and finds one or more illegal aliens waiting at the back door of the kitchen for a job. Bill, the owner of a sheet metal plant in Santa Ana where 40% of the employees are undocumented, says that prospective workers line up at the factory gate on most Monday mornings in case there's an opening on his production line. The selection of these job sites is hardly random.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After purchasing phony driver's licenses in the names of Gov. Pete Wilson and City Councilwoman Laura Chick, a task force of law enforcement agents arrested nine people and seized hundreds of phony documents at a Canoga Park apartment Friday. The ring, which authorities believe is one of the largest in the state, made counterfeit California driver's licenses, Social Security cards, automobile ownership papers and various immigration documents, said Los Angeles Police Detective Bob Graybill.
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May 22, 1998 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Undercover Immigration and Naturalization Service agents based in Los Angeles have raided what authorities are calling one of the nation's largest counterfeit document operations, arresting two alleged ringleaders and seizing more than 24,000 phony Social Security cards, sophisticated printing equipment and other materials. Documents produced by the ring--based in Los Angeles' Atwater Village neighborhood--have been found as far as New York, North Carolina and Texas, according to the INS.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2011 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: A large safe containing our passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, checks and credit cards was stolen from our home several days ago. We notified our bank and credit card companies. Is there an advantage to requesting new Social Security numbers? If we do this, would it affect our credit in any way? Answer: New Social Security numbers wouldn't necessarily protect you from identity theft and could create additional complications. Thieves might still be able to use your old numbers to establish new accounts, and those fraudulent accounts could show up in your credit reports.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
A legal research company said it would greatly restrict customer access to Social Security numbers in response to complaints from Congress that its previous policy of limited sales of the numbers invited identity theft. Westlaw, an Eagan, Minn.-based legal research firm, said private companies and many government agencies would no longer be able to obtain such information from the company.
REAL ESTATE
July 25, 2004 | From Chicago Tribune
Which country is the least attractive to employees whose bosses want them to relocate? Would you believe the U.S.? It may not be No. 1, but it is one of the three most difficult countries for relocations for the first time in the 10 years that GMAC Global Relocation Services has been studying problems and attitudes in its industry. The company cites the threat of terrorism and the bureaucracy combating it. China and Japan were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2002 | RICH CONNELL and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators hunting for potential terrorists have been poring over hundreds of fraudulent Social Security numbers generated by a Southern California ring that catered mostly to Middle Eastern immigrants. Three people have pleaded guilty in the scheme, broken up before the Sept. 11 attacks, including a Jordanian national who worked in security at Los Angeles International Airport and a U.S.
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September 28, 2001 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The question pops up everywhere: at the airport, at the bar, at the Target return counter, at the bank, at the video store. May I see your driver's license? The document is treated as a national identification card. But there are no national standards for who can get one, or for how. In some states, applicants must show birth certificates, Social Security cards and utility bills to prove they are residents. In others, just about anyone can get a license or a state ID.
NEWS
June 9, 2000 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During a quick campaign swing through Los Angeles on Thursday, Vice President Al Gore proposed a law to make it illegal to sell Social Security numbers, advocating further efforts to prevent identity theft.
NEWS
June 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court ruled that illegal immigrants seeking to stay in the United States can't be disqualified simply because they used fake Social Security cards to work. In a 2-1 ruling issued Wednesday, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled a San Diego woman who came to the country illegally in 1968 was eligible to apply for legal residency under a 1986 amnesty, despite her conviction for using someone else's Social Security card.
NEWS
June 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court ruled that illegal immigrants seeking to stay in the United States can't be disqualified simply because they used fake Social Security cards to work. In a 2-1 ruling issued Wednesday, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled a San Diego woman who came to the country illegally in 1968 was eligible to apply for legal residency under a 1986 amnesty, despite her conviction for using someone else's Social Security card.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2000 | SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The purchase of fake IDs, long a problem on the streets, has invaded cyberspace to become the latest headache for state and federal authorities. Now accessible through the click of a mouse, a number of Web sites offer replicas of some of the most coveted and sensitive personal documents: state identification cards, driver's licenses, birth certificates and Social Security cards, all guaranteed to look like their legitimate counterparts. And boy, do they.
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