A Primer On Illegal Immigration

JOE LEGAL vs. JOSE ILLEGAL

You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”.
Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California.

Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.

Ready? Now pay attention…

Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.
Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.
Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.

Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.
Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.

Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.

Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.

Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

Do you get it, now?

If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens…
You are part of the problem!

-LTB

(Bago O Tea de Lipton)

6 responses to “A Primer On Illegal Immigration

  1. Jose illegal might also share a house with another family, thereby stretching his $500.00 rent subsidy into a two month subsidy. So jose illegal now also makes an extra 250.00 bucks a month. That’s $3,000.00 a year. Jose illegal now has $ 34,200.00.

  2. Not to quibble, but the picture ain’t that rosey here in Virginia. Jose’ can get medical treatment at hospitals, but only the bare minimum, after waiting in line. He gets hurt on the job, the employer fires him and he gets no benefits (it might not be that harsh, but almost). Employer makes him eat dirt or die. They use them, abuse them, then lose them. They hire illegals at much less money, and that is why Americans don’t want to compete. Most carpenters aren’t going to slave in the summer heat for $15 (and it IS slavery–I have been there).

    Being illegal in VA ain’t a bed of roses, but it sure beats where he came from.

    I blame the Feds. Enforce illegal immigration by punishing the employers. No jobs, Jose goes home. At least in VA. Of course, Smithfield Ham and Tyson Chicken and Joe General Contractor have too much collective political pull for that ever to happen.

  3. I still do sweat in the hot summer sun. And I’ve lost plenty of work to Jose Illegal so I can’t really sympathize with him. I play by the rules, Jose Illegal doesn’t.

  4. Oh yeah…we have two school building projects going on with stimulus money. The contractors came from out of state and they aren’t hiring locals, but they seem to have plenty of work for illegals way below the standard wage. As one of the local brick masons said…he could work for 13 bucks an hour if he wanted to claim 8 dependents and not pay any taxes.

  5. I’m not asking you to sympathize with him. But I will state that you would do the same if you were in his shoes. If you lived in utter poverty in Mexico, with no job, no way to feed your family, you would move to South Carolina and work for peanuts if given half a chance, if those peanuts were 100x what you could make in Mexico.

    The problem isn’t the immigrants, it’s the people who give them jobs that undercut good American workers such as yourself. I KNOW there is a problem, but I think the focus is incorrectly aimed at the poor ignorant workers instead of on the employers. If the penalty were so severe that the employers wouldn’t dare employ illegals, then they would have to employ Americans.

  6. I know what you’re saying. South Carolina actually has a law that levies large fines on companies hiring illegal workers, but unfortunately, it’s one of those “paper tiger” laws. It just doesn’t seem to be enforced lately. I drive to NC to work and it’s just as bad up there or worse.

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