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The Effect of the Flood of Illegal Immigrants from Mexico and South America on the U.S. Economy

Besides racism, jealousy, and security, about twenty minutes ago it suddenly occurred to me why certain American conservatives and republicans might not want a flood of illegal immigration and to get rid of the ones already in America. When an illegal buys a product from some city in America, they have to pay taxes like everyone else,  and if any are driving through a toll road, they have to pay a toll, and that goes into the local or national treasury. Those taxes help fun food stamps, welfare, and disability and social security income. Familiar with the rantings of Shawn Hannity and Rush Limbaugh (whom many conservatives and republicans trust in), I noticed that they often ranted about how they had to work to survive and get to where they are, and how they don’t like their money being used to pay for illegals to live a nice life without having to work. I’d bet conservatives and republicans also don’t like not being able to lord it over anyone who isn’t working, which they feel they can’t do, if someone can simply say, “A large part of my income comes from the taxes of illegal immigrants” and therefore not from citizens, like Shawn and Rush. So then Shawn and Rush have less to boast about, their pride is wounded if someone can say that they didn’t have to work as hard, and in part survived off the taxes of illegals. Many would say, I’d bet, that Rush and Limbaugh are the leeches, babbling stupidity almost every day for almost three hours a day, and for distracting and misleading millions of Americans.

Update 6:12 P.M., N.M.:

Hmmm, I might be right: http://redblueamerica.com/truthornot/2008-04-03/do-illegal-immigrants-receive-more-government-benefits-they-pay-taxes-2300

The apparent jealousy over those receiving “free” money or help reminds me of  The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard:

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing? ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” – Matthew 20, the N.I.V. Bible

This verse also applies to illegal immigrants who are angry over citizens who get the same amount or more, of what they had to work hard for.

From the N.Y. Times, June 19, 2006

More than half of the estimated seven million immigrants toiling illegally in the United States get a regular paycheck every week or two, experts say. At the end of the year they receive a W-2 form. Come April 15, many file income tax returns using special ID numbers issued by the Internal Revenue Service so foreigners can pay taxes. Some even get a refund check in the mail.

And they are now present in low-skilled jobs across the country. Illegal immigrants account for 12 percent of workers in food preparation occupations, for instance, according to an analysis of census data by the Pew Hispanic Center. In total, they account for an estimated one in 20 workers in the United States.

The building maintenance industry — a highly competitive business where the company with the lowest labor costs tends to win the contract — has welcomed them with open arms. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, more than a quarter of a million illegal immigrants are janitors, 350,000 are maids and housekeepers and 300,000 are groundskeepers.

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