In its heyday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spent its time waging battles against government overreach on behalf of the American people’s Constitutional rights. Today, the group expends its energy and financial resources defending those who willingly violate U.S. immigration law and suing anyone who opposes their open door immigration views.
The latest sign of how the ACLU has lost its moorings is a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the group filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to allay their fears the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security.
The impetus for the expedited request was not a real or even alleged crime, but a media report on efforts to “promote the sharing of information between the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”
That is a very long-winded way of saying a proposal to make E-Verify mandatory. According to the ACLU, requiring employers to ensure their present and potential hires are legally eligible to work and then enforcing those laws is of great and urgent concern.
The ACLU does acknowledge the SSA and IRS must treat tax information filed by illegal aliens with the same respect for privacy as American taxpayers. But their concerns seem more related to preventing workplace enforcement actions than protecting the privacy of illegals.
First, they raise red flags about any “proposal to require information sharing between the SSA, IRS, and DHS for the purpose of worksite immigration enforcement” because it “could violate existing federal law.”
Okay? Then what about the “existing federal” immigration law violated when an illegal alien entered the country, as well as the “existing federal” workplace laws violated when that illegal alien took a job they are not eligible to hold?
The FOIA is overly and purposefully broad. In asking for the production of every document or communication between the SSA and any component of the DHS related to sharing (or planned sharing) of information from January 2017, the ACLU does not aim to prevent the government from abusing the law, but to prevent them from enforcing it.
The ACLU has not raised an eyebrow when the IRS admitted encouraging illegal aliens to steal Social Security numbers, or when the IRS let 1.3 million cases of illegal alien identify fraud go unprosecuted.
Not only is the ACLU trying to obstruct the enforcement of existing laws, they want the government to pay for it. The last part of the ACLU request was for “a waiver of document search, review, and duplication fees on the grounds that disclosure of the requested records is in the public interest.”