Friday, July 09, 2010

Is it legal for illegal immigrants to pay U.S. taxes?

The issue of illegal immigration has been a thorn on the side of every political candidate in the US. Of course, the topic has had a fair share of airtime in last year's presidential debate; however, the plans to address the issue have been very vague and there is a lack of laws that specifically answer the problems point by point.

But before we go into details of the efforts done in addressing the problem, let us first get to the bottom of why there is a massive call to stop illegal immigration.

There is a long list of negative effects of illegal immigration put forward by certain groups and one that has been often highlighted is the issue on tax.

As cited by anti immigrant proponents, the illegal aliens drain much of the tax-based resources and Americans stand to lose in this situation because they are the taxpayers. Proponents have vehemently claimed that immigrants do not pay taxes and yet they use up many tax-based resources. Add to that the government's cost on maintaining these illegal immigrants.

Now, this begs the question, "Do illegal immigrants pay taxes?"

The answer to the question is yes and no. Contrary to popular belief, many illegal workers do pay their taxes. This is not just a product of a very creative mind; it is a fact that has been acknowledged by none other than the Federal Government.

In 2008, it was estimated that about $9 billion dollars worth of tax was paid by illegal immigrants. This is despite the fact that they are not eligible for tax credits or Social Security benefits. The amount is substantial enough to merit a large contribution from the often maligned minority group in the country.

Of course not all illegal workers pay taxes, but for those who do, the contribution is substantial enough to add funds to Medicare and Social Security, which benefit Americans more than the illegal aliens. What does this mean? It means that there is substantial funding from illegal migrants that would benefit the baby boomers who are now in the retiring age. Not many people know this fact and they condescendingly ask:

"Do illegal immigrants pay taxes?"

Given the important contribution of illegal migrants when it comes to paying taxes, anti illegal immigration groups have continued to express their sentiments on the government's inability to track down illegal aliens and deport them to their respective home countries.

While nationally, there is no law that would force authorities to keep track of illegal immigrants, Arizona has passed a law that could be the spark that would ignite a major crackdown on these illegal aliens.

Word is that several states near the US-Mexico border are seriously considering following suit, but they are proceeding with caution and planning things secretly. They are said to be closely monitoring the developments in Arizona and playing things by ear. Perhaps if they know the answer to the question, "Do illegal immigrants pay taxes?" they would not be too hasty in passing discriminatory laws designed to track down illegal immigrants. Source: Bruce_L._Mauriello

See also:

The great American immigration deception

New Green Card Form I-9 Documentation

American Immigration – what will be the impact of increased processing fees?

Canadian Government takes on rogue immigration consultants

American town bans renting property to illegal immigrants

US Green cards face fee hikes

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