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What do the people say?
There are a lot of misconceptions about immigration, and this leads to a lot of people saying that our nation does not need any more immigrants, legal or undocumented. What these people do not realize is that immigration provides a large amount of economic growth to our nation. The biggest of these benefits comes from the taxes that all immigrants pay. There is a very large misconception that undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes, and this is simply not true.
How do they pay taxes?
A lot of people do not understand that filing a tax return is not the only way to pay taxes. Whenever we purchase something from a store we pay a sales tax (unless you live in Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire or Oregon), and if you own property or rent a house you pay a property tax. These taxes are unavoidable, and even undocumented immigrants pay them. Additionally, it is estimated that at least fifty percent of undocumented immigrants still file tax returns, and many of those who do not still have income taxes withheld from their paychecks.
How much money does this make?
The amount of money that is raised by the taxes immigrants pay is much higher than people would think. In a recent report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) it was estimated that undocumented immigrants paid 11.6 billion dollars in state and local taxes during the 2013 fiscal year. The state that raised the most money was California, with 3.1 billion dollars being paid in taxes by an undocumented population of 3 million. This means that in California, on average every single undocumented immigrant produced 1,100 dollars in tax revenue.
How do we make more money?
There is no question that our nation is struggling financially. We are in a lot of debt with other nations, and we only seem to be spending more money. However, allowing more immigrants to come to this nation would allow more people to work, and more people to pay taxes. It is estimated by the ITEP that President Obama’s executive actions would allow 5 million undocumented immigrants to become legal and working citizens, which would increase the tax contributions of this group by 805 million dollars a year. This extra 805 million dollars would certainly go a long way to helping our nation get back on its feet financially. That’s not even the most impressive figure though. ITEP estimates that if every single undocumented immigrant in the United States was given legal permanent residency status today, we would see 2.1 billion dollars in additional tax revenue every year. This would mean an extra 2.1 billion dollars in the hands of the government, which would go a long way to helping us out of financial turmoil.
How does this affect you?
If you are an undocumented immigrant there is no question that you want to do everything you can to help this country as a legal citizen. Those that come to this country illegally usually do so because they are looking for a better life, and it would make perfect sense for them to want to protect the nation that took them in. If you were able to achieve legal status, you would be able to move between jobs easier, and also face the opportunity of being promoted into higher paying positions. This would mean more money for you and your family, and also more money being moved around in the American economy.
So how do you become a legal resident?
Not everyone is eligible for legal status, but we would like to help you determine if you are. On the left hand side of the screen you will see a section called offers. In that section there is a free questionnaire that will help you determine if you are eligible for legal status. If you are eligible, we urge you to call us and allow us to help you on that path. If you are not eligible however, we still have many programs that can be used to make sure that you are protected. We urge you to take advantage of these programs, as they could go a long way in ensuring that you are able to remain in this country.
What is the Safe Program?
The first program we offer is our SAFE program. The purpose of this program is to minimize your chances of being arrested for any crime or immigration violation. We create an ID card that you can keep with you at all times and present if confronted with law enforcement officer, whether immigration or the police. All you have to do is present the card to the officer and inform them that you will not answer any questions without your lawyer present. The goal is to prevent you from innocently admitting information that law enforcement can use to arrest you. On the back of the ID card is a list of your constitutional rights, as well as 24/7 phone number that is manned by an answering service. When you purchase this package you also receive a FREE 30-minute consultation with one of our staff members every year for as long as you are a member of the program. That we can evaluate if your options have changed.
What is the Secure Program?
We also have a program called the SECURE program, which applies specifically if you are detained by immigration. The identity card won’t keep you from being arrested if you already have an order of arrest or an order of deportation. However, the Secure program will greatly improve your chances of getting out of detention quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively. When you are first detained by immigration, your family normally would need to scramble to find you an attorney. Then your attorney will need to be multiple trips to visit you in jail to fill out paperwork, sign forms, and figure out the best strategy to getting you out of detention. What our SECURE program does, is make sure that all of that is taken care of before your arrest. Because you aren’t arrested, we also have the time to do a thorough background check and attempt to fix any issues that can get you into trouble with law enforcement. Here is what you with the Secure program:
- A thorough immigration analysis laying our your options,
- The Safe identity program for two years,
- A free consultation every year for two years to see if your options have changed and to make sure we have the most up to date information for you,
- Preparation for Deferred Action that way once it is implemented you will be ready to file quickly to achieve legal status,