Wake up America: What will 5,000,000 undocumented immigrants do to the U.S. economy?
I am totally sympathetic with people of other countries coming to the freedom and blessings of America. There is a correct way to enter this country as my ancestors did and there is a wrong way, as undocumented immigrants. But the President is considering allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. He says they will not have any of the entitlements afforded the American citizens. But, if they work, pay taxes and seek citizenship eventually, they will be entitled to whatever the country offers all citizens. The fear is that the vast number of those he is considering will morph into the population and disappear.
What effect would that have on the economy? Consider the following illustration: Assume that there are two immigrant families Legal and Illegal living in America: Both families have two parents and two children. Legal works in construction has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted. Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table,” with no taxes deducted or paid. He does not receive a Form W-2 or Form 1099.
Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1,000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Legal- now has $31,231.00.
Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.0 0 per year.
Illegal pays no taxes. Illegal now has $31,200.00.
Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Legal – now has $24,031.00.
Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at a cost of $0.00 per year to his family. Illegal- still has $31,200.00.
Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Legal – pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Legal – now has $18,031.00.
Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, WIC and welfare.
Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year.
Legal now has 9,631.00.
Illegal receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent Subsidy.
Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Illegal still has
Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for car insurance. Some of that is uninsured motorist coverage for protection from those who are not covered by auto insurance.
Illegal says, “We don’t need insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.
Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he may elect to send some money out of the country every month.
Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
Legal’s and Illegal’s children both attend the same elementary school.
Legal pays for his children’s lunches, while Illegal’s children get a government
Illegal’s children have an after school remedial education program.
Legal’s children go home to their mother, who may not be there because she may
have to take a job to assist with the household expenses.
Now, when they reach college age, Legal ‘s kids may not get into a State School and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though Legal has been paying for State Schools through his taxes, while Illegal’s kids “go to the head of the class” because they may be classified as a minority.
Legal and Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Legal paid for them and Illegal did not pay.
If we vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens…we are part of the problem! I owe a big thank you to my son for this illustration.
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