I want them documented. As you stated our system is screwed up - the path to citizenship is unrealistic, courts are backed up with asylum cases and asylum is a vastly uneven process depending on legal teams you have and judges you get.
Im talking about current systems. If documented the influx of working age people will help SS as our population ages so that is always a plus. Solvency needs to be dealt with other ways but under the current system the projections are absolutely factoring in illegal pay ins and not pay outs.
One of the biggest misconceptions about undocumented immigrants is that they don’t pay any taxes. In his first address to Congress in 2017, President Donald Trump set the tone for his immigration agenda when he said immigration costs US taxpayers “billions of dollars a year.”
Two years later, he is still repeating that lie. In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, he once again suggested that unauthorized immigrants are a burden to US taxpayers.
“Working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration,” Trump said, suggesting that undocumented immigrants are using government services and programs they don’t pay for.
That’s not true. Contrary to this persistent myth, undocumented immigrants do in fact pay taxes. Millions of undocumented immigrants file tax returns each year, and they are paying taxes for many benefits they can’t even use.
The best estimates come from research by the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy, a left-leaning Washington, DC, think tank, which suggests that about half of undocumented workers in the United States file income tax returns.
The most recent IRS data, from 2015, shows that the agency received 4.4 million income tax returns from workers who don’t have Social Security numbers, which includes a large number of undocumented immigrants. That year, they paid $23.6 billion in income taxes. That doesn’t even include workers who paid taxes with fake Social Security numbers on their W-2 forms, which is also common.