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Re: “The Arizona Syndrome

SOME "OTHER" FACTS Immigrants stimulate the U.S. economy by paying sales, property, and income taxes. In this way, immigrants support our markets and contribute to society. In addition to paying sales and property taxes, undocumented workers who do not have a Social Security Number are able to file income taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). This special number, created by the IRS, allows individuals to pay taxes regardless of their immigration status. By paying income taxes, undocumented immigrants are able to document their experiences, verification that will be necessary if they are eventually offered an earned path to legalization. Additionally, both undocumented and documented immigrants pay into Social Security. A study in 2005 found that undocumented immigrants pay $6-7 billion in Social Security taxes that they will never be able to claim. Another recent study indicates that a reduction in legal immigration would devastate the Social Security System, into which new legal immigrants will contribute over $611 billion over the next 75 years. Immigrants are largely excluded from receiving public assistance. One exception, however, is refugees and asylees. Like many other countries in the world, the U.S. is deeply committed to protecting refugees and asylees, and thus provides public benefits to this group for a limited seven-year period. Other immigrant groups have much more limited access to public benefits. Legal permanent residents are eligible for some benefits, if they meet certain criteria. Immigrants with temporary visas and undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal public benefits. The only service for which temporary and undocumented immigrants are eligible is emergency medical care. Providing such assistance regardless of immigration status upholds the American value of protecting life and preventing unnecessary pain and suffering. While many undocumented immigrants do have access to emergency assistance, a recent report revealed that they do not put any more burden on hospitals than the U.S.-born do. Research. Get to know both stories. The only way to know the reallity of this issue...

Posted by Mar Lianeva on 02/08/2011 at 5:44 PM

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