Immigrants have been a major source of strength for America throughout our history. We must continue to “import” new blood to remain an economic power, especially with our lower birth rate and graying population. However, something has gone terribly wrong in recent decades with our immigration policies
Most immigrants came (and come) to America in search of a better standard of living. They often came uneducated, but with a work ethic that often allowed their families to climb the ladder to better paying jobs within a generation. This unwritten agreement, hard work at lower level jobs in return for an improved standard of living has been broken not by immigrants, but by Progressives determined to create a shortcut to the American dream. Coincidently, at the same time these Progressives created jobs for themselves at the new government agencies required to implement their plans. The results have been a failure that includes millions of illegal immigrants who now hide in an underground society.
At the forefront of the Progressive view of immigration is the belief that immigrants are due the same benefits as other Americans as soon as they arrive, even if they come illegally. This created an ever increasing loop of illegal immigration by incentivized it with quick benefits and also creating a cash cow for the Mexican government via funds sent back to Mexico. This explains why the Mexican government doesn’t want the gravy train to stop. There are other problems caused by the Progressives’ including the theory that immigrants don’t have to learn English, keeping them in need of other Progressive “help” in perpetuity.
Today I received one of those Internet “funnies” that sadly shows the lunacy of the immigration mess Progressives have created. In the example, sooner or later Joe Legal will determine that Joe Illegal has it better than he and will conclude that he too is better off on the dole. As they say, once too many people get on the wagon, there will be no one left to push it. My guess is that either the Progressives don’t think that far into the future or they believe that they will have their fat government pensions before the system totally breaks down under the weight of unsustainable costs.
JOE LEGAL vs. JOSE ILLEGAL
There are two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal“. Both 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 per hour “under the table”.
Now pay attention …
Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1,000.00 per week or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax and Joe Legal has $36,400.00 left.
Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week or $31,200.00 per year. He pays NO state or federal taxes and 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 and now has $29,200.00 left.
Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year and still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare and pays $500.00 per month for food or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $23,200.00.
Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare, due to his “anchor children” that were born in the US and still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month or $14,400.00 per year and now has $8,800.00 left.
Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy and 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 car insurance and now has $6,400.00.
Jose Illegal says “We don’t need insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal has his $6,400.00 to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
Jose Illegal has his $31,200.00 to pay utilities, gasoline, plus 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.
Both Joe’s children 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 and he needs to pay for a babysitter to watch them while he and his wife work.
Both Joe’s enjoy the same police and fire services. Seeing anything wrong with this picture?