Kansas Supreme Court upholds identity theft convictions

June 12, 2020 - 7:05 pm

The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld two state identity theft convictions following a decision by the nation’s highest court that makes it easier for states to prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to secure employment. 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in March that nothing in federal immigration law prevents states from going after immigrants who use phony documents and numbers. 

On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed the convictions of Donaldo Morales and Ramiro Garcia. It backed off its earlier decision that the federal government has exclusive authority to determine whether an immigrant can work in the country.

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