This parable has been making the rounds on the Internet. Even if the numbers aren’t exactly right, they are just an illustration of the problem, not a description of it down to the penny.
You have two families: “Juan Legal-Immigrant” and “Jose Illegal-Immigrant”. Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California.
Juan Legal-Immigrant works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.
Ready? Now pay attention…
Juan Legal-Immigrant: $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; Juan Legal-Immigrant now has $31,231.00.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal-Immigrant pays no taxes. Jose Illegal-Immigrant now has $31,200.00.
Juan Legal-Immigrant pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Juan Legal-Immigrant now has $24,031.00.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal-Immigrant still has $31,200.00.
Juan Legal-Immigrant makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Juan Legal-Immigrant pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Juan Legal-Immigrant now has $18,031.00.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal-Immigrant still has $31,200.00.
Juan Legal-Immigrant pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Juan Legal-Immigrant now has $9,631.00.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal-Immigrant pays $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal-Immigrant still has $ 31,200.00.
Juan Legal-Immigrant pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Juan Legal-Immigrant now has $7,231.00.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.d
Juan Legal-Immigrant has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.
Juan Legal-Immigrant now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
Juan Legal-Immigrant’s and Jose Illegal-Immigrant’s children both attend the same school. Juan Legal-Immigrant pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal-Immigrant’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal-Immigrant’s children have an after school ESL program. Juan Legal-Immigrant’s children go home.
Juan Legal-Immigrant and Jose Illegal-Immigrant both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Juan paid for them and Jose did not.
Jose Illegal-Immigrant gets all the benefits of being a US citizen but doesn’t pay any of the costs. He did not obey the laws and paid criminals to smuggle himself and his family across the line, enriching the same coyotes and drug criminals who prey on his community. By his actions he is a parasite on the United States and damages other Americans who are legal residents and citizens. Worst of all to self-reliant Americans of all sorts, he is not self-reliant. He and his family are free-loaders. Everyone else has to pull their weight because he declines to.
Isn’t this the exact same reason why Democrats want to take away the private market healthcare insurance enjoyed by 87% of Americans and put everyone on universal Medicaid? Because there are a few who don’t buy insurance themselves?