Nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants want to live here safe and free from deportation. Recently, thousands of children have complicated the already difficult challenges we face.
Opposition to immigration reform usually comes from people who feel that immigrants compete for our jobs, use the ERs for colds and minor issues and put pressure on school budgets. These concerns are true, but offering ‘citizenship’ to these immigrants now or in 13 years, will not change these issues or anything else.
The real solution is in the answer to this question:
Who should pay for the public services of undocumented immigrants?
1. American Taxpayers
2. Immigrants’ Employers
If we shift the cost of caring for our immigrants to their employers, we can create 50,000 jobs and generate over $100 billion in ten years to ease our immigration problems. On page 9 of our report, we identify nearly two dozen areas affected by illegal immigration and illustrate the allocation of funds to substantially address the consequences.
A Fiscal and Social Model for Immigration Reform presents an option that can fund meaningful reform if we don’t focus on attempting to require poor undocumented immigrants to ‘line up and pay taxes.’ Collecting taxes from our maids, busboys, and other cash workers was unsuccessful in the last amnesty and nothing has changed from then. (See What’s wrong with immigrant tax policies? in the Q&A)