Skip to comments.How illegal immigrants affect the U.S. economy
Posted on 07/27/2012 5:24:42 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
Steve Drake, Silver Spring
Presumably the remittance money mentioned in the article on Mexican migrants is lost not only to the U.S. economy but also to the Treasury; there must be a lot of unpaid income taxes in that $23 billion sent to Mexico last year.
The United States should do what Oklahoma does: Set a fee of 1 percent (to be credited against its income tax) for all remittances wired from that state to anywhere in the world. If implemented on a national level, that fee would recapture almost a quarter-billion dollars a year to help with our deficits, and it would cost virtually nothing to any American voter.
Western Union might howl to the high heavens, but the fee would be good for the rest of us.
David North, Washington
The writer is a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.
The Post should have restrained itself from placing a madonna-and-child-like photo of a Hispanic immigrant on its front page to illustrate Baltimores misguided efforts to restore its population [Baltimores hope: Immigrants, July 25]. Baltimores leaders have not only adjusted to having non-English-speaking immigrants in their midst but have embarked, at taxpayers expense, on a social experiment that is doomed to failure.
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How does courting immigrants and placing them in city- and state-funded language, health-care and education programs, and encouraging a culture of dependency, restore the city to its former prosperity? Also, restraining police from asking about immigration status defies federal law and is antithetical to the notion of the United States as a law-abiding society. A robust plan for courting businesses to Baltimore is a far better solution to the citys population problem. Sadly, Marylands leaders are not listening. Since February, Marylands unemployment rate has risen from 6.5 percent to 6.9 percent, and a number of businesses have left for greener pastures in Virginia.Jessica Emami, Gaithersburg
Jessica Emami, Gaithersburg
30 million illegals is enough to create some 50 primarily democrat congressional districts. How much money do you think 50 democrat congressmen can spend in a year?
Exactly. Its not about prosperity, its about political power. Always has been, always will be.
For the last 45 years, its been a race to create (or import) clients. And its been quite successful, especially with record number of illegals, unemployed, and people on welfare, disability, and food stamps. The theory is that a Government check is the new crack.
Those in power will always be taken care of and live the good life. Even if the nation turns into a sewer.
They don’t even need to be citizens to drive politics in this country. Candace Miller (R-MI) said it years ago when she said that illegals are changing the political landscape of America by their mere presence.
There is some truth to that. Once they have sufficient numbers, politicians are intimidated (whether they can actually vote or not).
30 million illegals is 1/3 of the population of mexico. The way I see it is mexico has two choices: either they pay us in cold hard cash for taking care of a third of their population, or they hand over their country to us, with or without force. If they refuse either option, then it’s time to do some empire building. If nothing is done, then things will get very bad for the mexicans in the near future.
I like the concept, but the “fee” should be at least 20% to cover the taxes they would owe if legal, plus the costs of dealing with them.
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