That said, I am not in agreement with the $1M per illegal as I think justice should be certain on those that violate and not levied on a surrogate. One company should not pay of the sins of another, just its own sins.... but companies should realize that if you hire an illegal it could cost you big-time.
Last edited by upsideguy; 01-31-11 at 10:24 AM.
From the same source:
The Social Security Administration estimates that about three-quarters of illegal workers pay taxes that contribute to the overall solvency of Social Security and Medicare.
The agency estimates that for 2005, the last year for which figures are available, about $9 billion in taxes was paid on about $75 billion in wages from people who filed W2 forms with incorrect or mismatched data, which would include illegal immigrants who drew paychecks under fake names and Social Security numbers.
Spokesman Mark Hinkle says Social Security does not know how much of the $9 billion can be attributed to illegal immigrants. The number is certainly not 100%, but a significant portion probably comes from taxes paid by illegal immigrants.
Nine billion dollars sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but it is only about 1.5% of the total $593 billion paid into Social Security in 2005.
The impact on Social Security is significant, though, because most of that money is never claimed by the people who pay it but instead helps cover retirement checks to legal workers.
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
That aside, one has to consider the expense of illegals as well, to our welfare rolls, our health costs, and crime as well.
Right now the closest numbers I can find is 120,589,850* that is legally working in the US so to make up for the sold called benefit paid into SS, each legal working member of the US would have to pay and additional $1.45 per week.
So altho you proved that yes some pay taxes, there is very little and most probably no benefit that citizens reap from this.
Last edited by The Barbarian; 01-31-11 at 11:03 AM.
So if it is hard to tally then how can we rely on the 9 billion dollar figure? How about an estimate of how much taxes are not being paid? If all of the jobs were legal and all of them were paying taxes I am pretty sure it would be a net gain.
when you ain't getting paid squat, and you can claim a few dependents, they don't take much out of your pay for taxes, and if you file at the end of the year, you can get earned income tax credit, EITC, which pays refunds even tho you didn't pay any into the system....but I don't know the rules on that. Can immigrants get that?
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