After reference to an article of 06 December 2011 in the
Los Angeles Daily News concerning Fuentes, the issue being
discussed has to do with "undocumented workers." Clearly,
there is a tremendous difference between immigrants and illegal
immigrants. Immigrants in the United States legally
contribute to the economy; in their case, the arguments of the
above post are relevant. However, illegals are another matter
All one has to do is look at the massive economic devastation
done to the state of California by the entry of illegals to realize
that much of the debate has nothing to do with with racial bias
against Hispanics. It is economic!
It is not necessarily the case that illegal immigrants are not
making contributions. Many of them pay taxes, and in fact,
the IRS has a mechanism for just this situation. Certainly,
sales taxes get paid, and in some instances, property taxes get
paid, too. Not being a Californian, it is difficult for me to
comment on how illegal aliens in particular might have devastated
the entire economy of that state. However, given that the
entire country is suffering from economic devastation, it is hard
to see how what is really a relatively small group of people could
have brought about such consequences.
Absolutely right. And gasoline taxes.
Property tax is paid by everyone who rents, which is a majority of
the undocumented, in the form of higher rents. But also think
of the Social Security and Medicare taxes the undocumented pay, on
fake numbers, without the hope of ever seeing those benefits.
They have helped keep those two programs solvent longer than they
would be otherwise.
In addition, everyone who buys produce or stays in a hotel or
has their yard landscaped is likely to pay lower prices than they
would without a low wage undocumented work force. It's like
getting a tax break every time you take a vacation or go to the
grocery store. Some of the money they make they send to their
family back home, but they also spend most of it in our economy
immediately, and consumer spending is the primary factor behind job
It's true that the undocumented also use public services at a
higher rate than others. But economists suggest that with
what they contribute to the economy, there is a small net positive
effect to their being here. And certainly it's inaccurate to
suggest that they are the reason why California or the national
economy are in recession. We can look in the mirror on that