Even when illegal immigrants pay taxes, they're committing a crime

Dan Rodricks' column on what a boon to society illegal immigrants are noted the billions of dollars illegal immigrants pay into Social Security ("Welcome to Baltimore, no questions asked, March 27).

But illegal immigrants aren't permitted to legally obtain Social Security numbers, so they are committing a crime when they use stolen Social Security numbers.

Is Mr Rodricks endorsing identity theft or the theft of someone else's personal information? Or is this a right he reserves only for "honest, law abiding" illegals?

Michelle Alston, Baltimore

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