Taxation without (Legal) Documentation

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

One of the main reasons Americans object to undocumented immigrants, is that they “use more public services than they pay for in taxes”. This is also a reason many oppose comprehensive immigration reform. In the majority of cases this is just not true. Reports from the Congressional Budget office on Undocumented Immigrants indicate that they pay sales taxes, property taxes, social security taxes, medicare taxes, and income taxes. Not to mention all the indirect positive economic effects on American businesses that receive their wages.

A recent article highlights one undocumented woman’s struggle to raise her American Citizen son. The woman in this article like most illegal immigrants will never see benefits like social security and medicare, yet she pays out 15.4% of her paycheck every week. Illegal immigrants paying into the social security system with no hope of receiving benefits are a major reason the system is solvent.