The left has repeatedly called for open borders. They have made their stance on that abundantly clear. They want a no holds barred free for all for anyone who wants to enter the United States. They call Americans who oppose this ill-conceived idea racists, xenophobes, and every other derogatory term you can think of.
We have done story upon story recently about illegal immigrants who have entered our country, committed serious crimes, and then been released by “sanctuary” whatever…city, state, county, you name it.
Apologists tell us that it’s a “minority” of illegals who commit crimes and that these crimes “would have occurred anyway” because well, American citizens commit crimes as well. That is a hollow argument.
The fact is, these individuals should not be here in the first place. Those who try to justify their crimes miss the point that it is pure fantasy to say that these crimes were inevitable, it just so happened that the criminal aliens were the ones who committed them.
When we think of “victims”, we only consider those who are victimized by crime. But what of the other “victims” of the influx of illegal aliens who enter the United States? What about the inherent unfairness of illegal aliens who work in trades whereby they take jobs away from American citizens? And don’t say that they do “jobs that Americans refuse to do.” That’s intellectually dishonest.
Let’s do a comparison. This was found on Facebook, but it is accurate:
– Joe Legal Citizen works in construction, has a Social Security number, and makes $25 an hour with taxes deducted.
– Jose Illegal also works in construction, does not have a Social Security number, and makes $15 an hour in cash, under the table.
Ok, now let us examine the differences.
- Joe Legal- $25 an hour x 40 hours per week= $1,000 per week, or $52,000 per year. Now let’s figure in 31% for state and federal taxes. Joe Legal now has $31.231.
- Jose Illegal- $15 an hour x 40 hours per week= $600 per week, or $31,200 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal keeps the entire $31,200 in his pocket.
- Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600 per month, or $7,200 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.
- Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency rooms and hospitals at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.
- Joe Legal makes too much money to qualify for any assistance, is not eligible for SNAP or welfare. Joe Legal spends $500 per month for food or $6,000 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.
- Jose Illegal has NO documented income and is eligible for SNAP, WIC and welfare benefits. Jose Illegal still has $31,200
- Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200 per month, or $14,400 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.
- Jose Illegal receives $500 per month federal rent subsidy through HUD. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000. per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.
- Joe Legal pays $200 per month for car insurance, or $2,400 per year. Some of that insurance is to cover for uninsured motorists. Joe Legal now has $7,231.
- Jose Illegal says, “we don’t need no stinkin’ insurance…” and still has $31,200.
- Joe Legal must stretch is $7,231 to pay for utilities, gasoline, etc.
- Jose Illegal must make his $31,200 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends back to his home country every month.
- Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work, which he must pay income taxes on.
- Joe Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
- Joe Legal and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same elementary school.
- Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a free, government subsidized lunch.
- Jose Illegal’s children have an after-school ESL program.
- Joe Legal’s children go home. Hopefully Joe Legal doesn’t have to pay for daycare.
- Let us now advance to college age:
- Joe Legal’s kids may not get into a state school and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though Joe has been paying for state schools through his taxes.
- Meantime, Joe Illegal’s kids go to the ‘head of the class’ because they are a minority.
- Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both benefit from the same police and fire services that Joe paid for, and Jose did not.
Sounds fair, doesn’t it? Most people that I know, are NOT anti-immigration. They are anti-ILLEGAL immigration.
A widely reported study conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that the number of illegal aliens in 2016 was estimated at 11.3 million, a decline from 12.2 million in 2007. The study also claims that a larger percentage of that number was compiled of people who overstayed their visas rather than those who snuck in the country.
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The Yale study, which used a different method of mathematic modeling based on a range of “demographic and immigration operations data,” suggested that the actual number was twice that amount, or 22 million.
Let’s be realistic here. 11.3 million illegal aliens is a huge number. And granted, not all illegal aliens do not pay any taxes.
Illegal aliens are required to apply for an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) from the Internal Revenue Service. These numbers are issued to people who are required to file tax returns but don’t have a Social Security number or don’t qualify for one.
Unbelievably, ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status. It does not, however gives a person legal work authorization and doesn’t provide Social Security benefits. Yet.
The good news for illegals is that if they overpay, they get a refund! Yes, even if you’re not in the country legally, you qualify for a refund. In yet another policy out of the Twilight Zone, the IRS is generally blocked from disclosing taxpayer information to other federal agencies, even for illegal aliens.
There are certain exceptions, such as if certain U.S. Treasury Department employees need the information for tax administration purposes, or other federal agencies if needed during a criminal investigation. Only, however if a federal court has issued an order that it be provided.
However, according to a 2017 article in the Washington Examiner, tax credits received by illegal immigrants and wage write-offs able to be claimed by U.S. companies for illegal employment costs was a $296 billion dollar hit over 10 years. This resulted in a loss of tax revenue of $30 billion. Add to that wage losses to American workers of $118 billion and it’s a substantial impact.
So, while the example above seems to be a worst-case scenario, it is a realistic example of the impact of illegal immigration and how it compares to American workers who play by the rules and are subject to the laws of the land.
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