Joe vs Jose'
You have two families: "joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal". Both families have two parents, two children and, live in California.
Joe Legal works in construction, has a Socials Security number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
Jose' Illegal works in construction, has no Social Security number and, gets $15.00 per hour in cash "under the table".
Here is where it gets interesting. Joe: $25 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 a week or, $52,000 per year. Deduct @ 30% for state and federal taxes. Joe now has $31,231.00
Jose': $15 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 a week or $31,200.00. Jose pays no taxes so, he still has $31,200.00
Joe pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month or, $7,200.00 per year (pre-ObamaCare), Joe now has $24,031.00.
Jose' has full medical and dental coverage through the state, local clinics and, emergency hospitals at a cost of $0.00. Jose still has $31,200.
Joe makes too much money so, is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe pays $500.00 per month on groceries or, $6000.00 per year. Joe now has $18,031.00.
Jose' has no documented income so, is eligible for food stamps, WIC and welfare. Jose still has $31,200.00.
Joe pays $1200.00 per month in rent or, $14,400.00 per year. Joe now has $9,631.00.
Jose' receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent Subsidy. Jose pays out that $500.00 per month or, $600.00 per year. Jose' still has $31,200.00.
Joe pays $200.00 per month or, $2400.00 for car insurance, some of which is to cover uninsured motorists. Joe now has $7231.00.
Jose' "Insurance! We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" Jose still has $31,200.00.
Joe has to make his $7231.00 stretch to cover utilities, gas etc..
Jose' has to somehow make his $31,200.00 stretch to cover utilities, gas and what he sends back home each month.
Joe now works overtime and gets odd side jobs. His family life suffers.
Jose' has nights and wekends to spend with his family.
Both Joe and Jose's children attend the same elementary school.
Joe sends the kids to school with Ramen Noodles.
Jose' qualifies for government sponsered lunches.
Joe's children go home after school.
Jose's anchor babies have an after school ESL program.
Fast forward to college: Joe has been paying state school taxes all these years but, his children may still not qualify for scolarships, grants or other tuition for college.
Jose's kids "go to the head of the class" because they are a minority.
Both Joe and Jose' enjoy the same police and fire services. Only differnece is Joe payed for those services and Jose' did not.