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  •  Thanks for the reply...another sincere question (0+ / 0-)

    Also wondering, don't most lower income workers pay little to no income tax, even if they're not here illegally?

    •  Yes and no (1+ / 0-)
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      wa ma

      If they file a return they may get all their federal income tax back if they earn below a certain amount.

      But if any money was withheld, who got the benefit of the interest on the monies withheld until these monies were returned?

      It's a form of income tax, just not large -- but aggregated, it's substantial.

      And I won't even go into the issue of state or local income taxes, where low income folks may not get off lightly.

      The other hidden issue that noone discusses is the beneficiaries of the low cost labor; let's pick the millionaire living in the walled gardens of his development in Florida, for instance.  He has more than enough $$ to afford good help, but he'll weasel out by paying condo fees along with the rest of his fellow development members.  The condo development manager weasels out lower costs to maintain the properties paying cash or using contractors that hire illegals; the condo management pockets a nice profit, the condo members can spend the monies they didn't spend on maintenance on their luxury golf membership (some places have annual fees of $25K a year or much more).

      Cry me a river; what are these people NOT paying for?  It's right there.

      •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

        An illegal immigrant is not likely to file an income tax return so wouldn't they potentially be paying more taxes toward infrastructure than a non-illegal immigrant in the same job.

        •  Fake SSN's and no returns (1+ / 0-)
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          wa ma

          Yup.  You've got that right.  Even legal immigrants at the low end of the spectrum get screwed, though.

          And the analogy of the walled garden resident?  Absolutely true; unfortunately know more than my share of these folks.

          Can you imagine owning a condo worth 6+ million, with contents valued at more than 3x that amount, and turning a blind-eye on illegal immigrants cutting the grass?  And this isn't but one of 6 residences this walled garden resident owns.  Ugh.  Utterly immoral.

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