The costs (?) of illegal immigrants

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“In Texas, for example, nearly seven percent of the state’s population was comprised of undocumented immigrants in 2005. The state’s health care costs for undocumented immigrants that same year were a mere $58 million. Yet state revenues collected from undocumented immigrants exceeded what the state spent on social services provided to these immigrants such as health care and education by $424.7 million.

“Immigrant contributions to social services are similar across the country. The National Research Council concluded that immigrants will pay on average $80,000 per capita more in taxes than they will use in government services over their lifetimes.

“Additionally, in March 2005, more than seven million undocumented immigrants were in the workforce yet received few public services for their labor and tax contributions. The Social Security Administration, for example, reaps an enormous benefit from the taxes paid by undocumented immigrants. It estimates that workers without valid social security numbers contribute $7 billion in Social Security tax revenues and roughly $1.5 billion in Medicare taxes annually, yet elderly immigrants rarely qualify for Medicare or long-term care services provided through Medicaid.

“In 2001, the Social Security Administration concluded that undocumented immigrants “account for a major portion of the billions of dollars paid into social security that don’t match SSA records,” which payees, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, can never draw upon. As of July 2003, these payments totaled $421 billion.”

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3 responses to “The costs (?) of illegal immigrants

  1. LP

    I’m a little confused here. How do non-citizens pay income tax?

  2. “I’m a little confused here. How do non-citizens pay income tax?”

    Witholding through paychecks at employment using false ss# or T.I.Ns (taxpayer identification numbers). The IRS and state departments of revenue do not investigate filers to see if they are here legally nor is the IRS permitted to routinely share returns with other agencies.

    Illegals also pay sales taxes on taxable consumption, they pay fuel taxes, utility taxes and surcharges for all of those services, federal and state cigarette and liquor taxes, part of their rent payment flows through landlords who pay real estate taxes and they pay corporate taxes that are “blind” to the status of the end consumer who is always the one actually paying the tax paid by corporations, as any economist will tell you.

    The dollars that are paid in cash and manage to flow out of the country without being taxed have only a few places they can end up in the long run: 1) in foreign matresses as unclaimed IOUs (an outright gift to the United States government) or 2) they are spent or saved ultimately flowing back to the U.S. in consumption of U.S. products or investment that finances the U.S. budget deficit and supplies capital for businesses that provide jobs to people working in the United States and paying taxes.

  3. You are so much like me, or i’m like you, well anyway, if we knew each other we’d make a good team, hehe, keep up the good work

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