Before I get too deep into this let me state right now that I do not support illegal aliens being in our country. I believe that if you’re here that you should be here legally. I also believe that we should do everything in our power to go after corporate America for giving jobs to such workers.
That said, it’s a commonly held belief that illegal aliens are a drain on our resources. The current health care debate has raised this issue again suggesting that such people get all kinds of benefits that they don’t pay for.
The only problem with that stance is that it really isn’t accurate. In 1996 the Welfare Reform Bill disqualified illegal aliens from nearly every government program including Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and housing assistance. They can still get limited care in some emergency rooms (though not in any I’ve been to) and schooling for their kids.
In reality each year 8-9 million of the estimated 12 million illegal aliens file tax returns to the IRS. The general feeling is that they believe this will one day help them gain legal status. The bottom line is that these millions are paying Social Security, Medicare and other local taxes taken out of their paychecks using fake Social Security numbers. These are tax dollars they’ll never see the benefit of. You might think that their kids getting schooling offsets this but not really. At their income level they can’t afford to buy a house so, like millions of other legal Americans, they rent. The owners of the properties they rent then pay the taxes that pay for the schooling they receive. Thus, they’re not able to avoid paying for schooling anymore than a legal citizen that pays rent.
It turns out that Social Security has a fund called the Earnings Suspense File where these collected taxes go. The fund grows by more than $50 billion every year and the amount itself is growing.
Obviously any purchases made by illegal aliens includes any local sales taxes so they’re paying as much as we do for such services and, again, are unable to get access to many of them. A study done by the independent National Research Council found that immigrants, on average pay $80,000 more in their lifetime than they use.
The hard truth is that the idea that illegal immigrants are bleeding us dry is just another case of carefully crafted racism. The people driving these theories have concocted them against a people they never wanted anything to do with in the first place. If we expelled every illegal alien in our country tomorrow the impact would cripple our system in ways few imagine. So the next time you consider the costs as an argument against illegal aliens, think again. I’m against illegal aliens because it’s wrong to break our laws. It’s that simple.
By the way, if you really still feel like this is a problem then you should also be all for a single-payer health care system. Why? How many illegal aliens are on Medicare? The answer is none because they cannot provide the necessary documentation to collect on it. If we were all on Medicare then we’d all have documentation that guarantees our access and locks out those who don’t have it.