You have 2 families... "Joe Legal" and "Joe Illegal." Both families have 2 parents, 2 children and live in California.
"Joe Legal" works in construction, has a Social Security Number, and makes $25.00 per hour with payroll taxes deducted.
"Joe Illegal" also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash per hour "under the table."
Joe Legal - $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week = $52,000 per year. Now deduct 30% for state and federal tax. Joe Legal now has $31,206.00.
Joe Illegal - $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week = $31,200.00 per year. Joe Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays for Medical and Dental Insurance with limited coverage $1000.00 per month = $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $19,231.00.
Joe Illegal has full Medical and Dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Joe Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal makes too much money to be eligible for Food Stamps or Welfare so he pays for food - $1,000.00 per month = $12,000..00 per year. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.
Joe Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for Food Stamps and Welfare. Joe Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays rent of $1,000.00 per month = $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal is now in the hole -$4,769.00.
Joe Illegal receives a $500 per month Federal rent subsidy, which entirely pays his rent of $500.00 per month = $6,000.00 per year. Joe Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays and gets a part time job after work to make ends meet.
Joe Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
Joe Legal's and Joe Illegal's children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pay for his children's lunches while Joe Illegal's children get free government sponsored lunches.
Joe Legal's children go home after school. Joe Illegal's children have an after school ESL program which, again, is provided free of charge.
Joe Legal and Joe Illegal both enjoy the same Police and Fire Services, but Joe Legal paid for them through taxes and Jose Illegal did not pay.
ARE YOU MAD YET???
You should be!