Sidebar: Whose Dole Is It, Anyway?

Unauthorized immigrants make up just more than 3 percent of the U.S. population, But they're accused of sucking up public benefits and dodging taxes.

Illegal aliens are tax dodgers.

That's one of the most shocking findings of FAIR's most recent report on the "cost of illegal immigration.

"Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes," FAIR reports. "Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury."

The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies in San Diego begs to differ. It found 75 percent of undocumented California immigrants paid income taxes in 2006.

In 2007, the Congressional Budget Office reported that about half of all unauthorized immigrants pay Social Security taxes.

Using fake Social Security cards, unauthorized immigrants pay into the Social Security unclaimed Earning Suspense File. That kitty had grown to more than $500 billion by 2005, the Immigration Policy Center says.

The unclaimed money generated between $6 billion and $7 billion in income for Social Security beneficiaries, along with about $1.5 billion for Medicare, the New York Times reported in 2007.

Many economists report that, far from being leeches, immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in services.

Unauthorized immigrants in Arizona, and many legal immigrants, aren't eligible for Food Stamps, Welfare, Medicare, Social Security. They do get emergency Medicaid benefits, if they're poor enough, under certain limited conditions — mortal illness, injuries, pregnancy. In addition, they use hospital emergency rooms less than native-born patients. And since unauthorized immigrants make up a little more than 3 percent of the U.S. population, it's unlikely that they're bankrupting hospitals by invading emergency rooms. (Of course, hospital emergency rooms aren't allowed to ask who is legal and who isn't, so it's a moot point.)

"The consensus of the economics literature is that the taxes paid by immigrants and their descendants exceed the benefits they receive — that on balance they are a net positive for the federal budget," the Brookings Institution reports in its recently published "Ten Economic Facts About Immigration."

 
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Financial losses of $2 million a year due to what, Zork? All the people I know who run up thousands of dollars in hospital bills and avoid paying them for years and years are U.S. citizens. And I know several. It's not as though the birthing center was available only to undocumented immigrant mothers.

Cfbarrick
Cfbarrick

Immigrants who don't have current visas are paying more in taxes than they are receiving in benefits. But that's not all. They are paying into the Social Security system but will never see it when they retire. We taxpayers are the ones who benefit financially from their presence in our country. Also, if we keep our current laws so farm workers cannot get visas, we can keep these people or get rid of them or treat them at our will. Sounds like slavery to me. Our congress needs to do the right thing.

Chris
Chris

Well if the Center of Comparative Economic Studies in San Diego and The New Times says so it must be the truth. I'll put this story right up there with Steve Nash leaving the Suns to pursue a political career. The only people drinking this cool aid are turd liberals and illegals who wish it were true.

Majkumajku
Majkumajku

there have been many studies done on this issue by both left and right leaning news organizations.and the majority of them have come to the same conclusion.all you have to do is go to the "freedom of information act" website,and search for "illegal immigration and taxes" on the search bar.and do you even know what the word "liberal" means?well i will tell you.it means "of freedom".so i would say that if you love your freedom,you yourself are a liberal.simple linguistics.but the uneducated think it's a slur.i'm becoming more and more concerned that the movie "idiocracy" was more a prediction than a film.

Researchit
Researchit

Hi Chris, Sometimes the New York Times is right on. This time I think they missed the mark. Try researching this topic with a variety of different sources. To do a fair research for yourself, use only one of John Tanton's groups as they are all coming up with the same answers. (They stick together.) If this interests you, I would be interested in hearing about the various places and types of information you find. Thanks.

Zork
Zork

Actually, you're incorrect that they're not bankrupting hospitals. John C. Lincoln just announced the closure of it's birthing center due to financial losses of about $2 million a year. Even though the pregnant illegals do get "emergency" ACCHS payments, the payments do not cover the hospital's costs of providing service.

AZDem9933
AZDem9933

Deducting SS contributions the worker will never benefit from is wage theft. It is known that some employers participate in it by helping the workers obtain fraudulent documents.

acitizen
acitizen

immigrants not only pay more in taxes than they receive in services, but they do jobs that many others are not willing to do. and no, i don't have brown skin, i just don't buy into (and am sick of) the fear-mongering hype dished out by politicians, law enforcement officials and haters.

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