An illegal immigrant using a stolen social security number has been arrested for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl, in Vero Beach, Florida. The incident in question took place July 6 at the Jungle Club Sports Complex. According to a police investigation, Eric Bello, the accused, initially denied being alone with the girl in an enclosed room. However, Mr. Bello, who later changed his story, stated that he was in an enclosed room with the girl, but no inappropriate contact took place. Police have not released additional details of the investigation such as video evidence or witness statements. The owner of the Jungle Club, John Cairns, thinks that Mr. Bello would never molest a child, stating, “He is an individual that, in my personal opinion, would have never done this. We are still investigating, and we’re never going to say never, but we have to make sure we have open arms and open eyes.”
These are very serious charges, and the owner of the Jungle Club Sports Complex is reserving judgment of guilt for its employee on the molestation charge until police present more compelling evidence. What is not in dispute, however, is Mr. Bello was in the United States illegally, and he was using a stolen social security number. These are two crimes which will likely result in Mr. Bello being deported should he be cleared of the molestation charge.
This case is a prime example of the cost and detriment illegal immigration poses on the United States both in terms of public safety and economic considerations. Whose social security number was Mr. Bello using, and how was it obtained? John Cairns, Mr. Bello’s employer had no clue his employee was using a stolen social security number, yet when the charges of molestation were made, and it was revealed Mr. Bello had committed other crimes relating to his illegal entry into the United States, Mr. Cairns stated to CBS 12 :
“This young man has worked for us for a number of years. He has been the best employee that we could ever ask for. So we are standing behind this employee.”
With such a serious charge as child molestation, reserving judgment is prudent. However, standing by and supporting an employee for violating U.S. law and using a stolen social security number is a poster child example of what is wrong with the view some Americans and politicians have when it comes to illegal immigrants.
Mr. Bello’s case has again raised serious concerns about how illegal immigration affects national security. Given that he was using a stolen social security number, what is to say that terrorists with ISIS or other America-hating factions would not use a similar method to avoid detection from the U.S. Government. Mr. Bello was in the United States illegally for several years, using a stolen social security number, and this was never flagged by the Internal Revenue Service or the Treasury Department.
Economically, illegal immigration presents a whole different set of issues. The Federation for American Immigration Reform published a report in 2013 detailing the specific financial costs of illegal immigration. The full report can be viewed here. The statistics and facts published by FAIR are astounding.
- Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
- Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.
- Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.
The economic and security risks which illegal immigration presents is a significant threat to the United States of America. With illegal immigrants having the ability to obtain stolen social security numbers, they can avoid detection, register to vote, and collect government benefits such as welfare and food stamps. This is all at the expense of hard-working Americans and legal immigrants. These same illegal immigrants can be used to move drugs, vote in state and national elections, and use their presence in the United States to have children on American soil who would then be legal United States residents, leaving immigration officials and courts in a precarious position with the child having a legal right to reside in the United States but not the parent.
Thankfully, President Trump and his administration have been working hard to rid America of illegal immigrants, however, this case in Vero Beach, Florida, has revealed there is still much more work to be done.