Bob & José
You have two families: "Bob American" and " José Illegal." Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California.
Bob American works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted. José Illegal also works in construction, has no Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash under the table. Ready? Now pay attention...
Bob: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Bob now has $31,231.00.
José : $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. José Illegal pays no taxes. José Illegal now has $31,200.00.
Bob pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Bob now has $24,031.00.
José has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose' Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Bob makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Bob $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Bob now has $18,031.00.
José has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. José Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Bob pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Bob now has $9,631.00.
José receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. José Illegal pays $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. José still has $ 31,200.00.
Bob pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Bob now has $7,231.00.
José Illegal says, "We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" and still has $31,200.00.
Bob has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
José has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.
Bob now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
José has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
Bob's and José’s children both attend the same school. Bob pays for his children's lunches while José Illegal's children get a government sponsored lunch. José’s children have an after school ESL program. Bob's children go home.
Bob American and José Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Bob paid for them and José did not pay a dime.
You see how this works now?