Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Illegal" Immigrants

We need to do some serious thinking and discussing about "illegal" immigrants. We also need hard data.

We need reliable information on:

1. Total number of illegal immigrants.
2. How many are working?
3. What kinds of work they do.
4. How much they are being paid.
5. Amount of taxes they pay, classified by Social Security, Medicare, Federal income tax, state and local income tax.

I suspect that "illegal" immigrants fill very important needs in our economy at a very low cost. In other words, they are extremely valuable to the rest of us.

If that is true, we should stop saying nasty things about them and accept them as valuable members of our society and legalize them. 

What's the problem with that?

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