What is the incentive for becoming a citizen in the United States ?!!
You have two families: "Citizen Joe" and "Undocumented George".
Both families have two parents, two children, and live in just about any Major US city !.
Joe works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
Undocumented George also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash "under the table."
Ready? Now pay attention:
Citizen Joe: $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. Joe now has $31,231.00.
Undocumented George: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. George pays no taxes. George now has $31,200.00.
Citizen Joe pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe now has $24,031.00.
Undocumented George has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. George still has $31,200.00.
Citizen Joe makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe now has $18,031.00.
Undocumented George has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, welfare, and other social programs. George still has $31,200.00.
Citizen Joe pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe now has $9,631.00.
Undocumented George receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy,...which pays 80% of his rent George pays out that $500.00 per month, ....or $6,000.00 per year........... George still has $ 31,200.00.
Citizen Joe pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for auto insurance. Joe now has $7,231.00.
Undocumented George says, "We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" and still has $31,200.00.
Citizen Joe now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part-time job after work.
Undocumented George has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
Citizen Joe and Undocumented George’s children both attend the same school. Joe pays for his children's lunches, while George’s children get a government sponsored lunch.
Citizen Joe has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gas, living expenses. Undocumented George has $31,200.00 to pay utilities, gas, and what he sends out of the country every month.
Citizen Joe, works hard, does the right thing, and is barely able to live above the poverty level. Undocumented George with his free government entitlements makes $65,000.00 a year CASH and lives tax free!
Undocumented George has NO Incentive...to become a legal citizen !
We definitely need immigration reform for so many reasons. In virtually any other country in the world, illegal aliens have no judicial rights, and it should be understood that I am not advocating for a lack of judicial process. However, people should also be presented with the incentive to follow the law, integrate into society and become Americans so that we can all work together for the benefit of all as part of the great united States melting pot.
If you are not a citizen, you have no right, reason or cause to engage in political activism for those who have to live here. If you come here and commit crimes against people or against the system in place, you should be deported. We are not recommending jailing you for life as some other nations will do when you do not follow their laws.
However, if you expect us to welcome you with open arms, it should be due to your desire to become a citizen and contribute to the community and to society as a whole. When you become a citizen, you may be surprised to discover how many people want to stand by your side and change the system to one that is more equitable and egalitarian, but only when you are willing to become part of our society and not stand off to the side and separate and segregate yourself.
Let us know what you think please!