Democratic Senator Kevin De Leon of California admitted that half of his family living in the U.S. are illegal immigrants. Furthermore, he also said that they are using fake Social Security cards.
De Leon made the surprising statement during the California Senate’s Public Safety Committee hearing on the bill SB54, which aims to uphold the sanctuary status of the state. During the hearing, the senator defended illegal immigrants’ act of using falsified government documents such as the Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, green cards and other official identification cards.
According to De Leon, using fake documents to illegally live in the U.S. should not be eligible for deportation under President Donald Trump’s executive order. Because of his controversial statement, Larry Mantle of the KPCC public radio station pressed De Leon on why he thinks those who use falsified government documents should not be deported.
In response, the California lawmaker only said that almost all illegal aliens have resorted using fake documents in order to survive and work in the U.S. He then admitted that many of his family members, who are illegal immigrants, also possess falsified identification cards.
“I can tell you half of my family would be eligible for deportation under Trump’s executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, if they got a false green card and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification,” he said.
“That’s what you need to survive, to work,” De Leon added. “They are eligible for massive deportation.”
Mantle pointed out that there are numerous identity theft cases about Social Security numbers getting stolen because illegal immigrants continue to use falsified information.
Furthermore, what De Leon admitted during the hearing can be used against him due to the U.S.’ current laws against illegal immigrants. As stated by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, it is illegal for anyone to harbor illegal aliens or assist them into entering and living in the U.S. unlawfully.
If it is revealed that De Leon has helped his relatives to transition to the U.S., then he can be punished for directly violating immigration laws. Also, since he is aware that his relatives are using falsified government documents, which is also a crime, then he is also liable for this illegal act.