Jul 20, 2011, 10:23 PM
Post #28 of 29
cbviajero, why on earth would you consider my views on illegals' impact to be suspect?? True, originating in the Pacific Northwest, I don't have the firsthand personal knowledge that you've gained in the LA area, and I am aware that illegals can obtain a tax ID number & many do....many don't. The ones I had in mind as I was typing my last response are the day laborers, those who gather at places like the Home Depot parking lot hoping to be offered work for a day or short period of time, those that are paid cash, no questions asked & no benefits paid, at a pay level I suspect to be at or below minimum wage. Maybe I wasn't clear, but my intent was to place a large share of the blame of the financial drain on employers. Those who hire illegals under-the-table, don't withhold taxes, don't pay any of the employee-related business taxes, SS, nor do they provide any of the benefits that they'd be liable for with legal employees. That was my perspective when I referred to regarding lost revenue in local, state & federal taxes. IMO, the illegal employee loses....the taxing jurisdictions loses....the employer is the only party who gains through tax & benefits avoidance, resulting in larger than normal (or legal) profits in their business coffers.
Obviously, I love my life here in La Paz, or I wouldn't still be here 12 years later, thanks for asking. My transition wasn't totally without culture shock, but I made a conscious effort to leave my NOB standards & expectations at the border. I don't pay mordita, haven't run afoul of the law, I've built 3 homes (& sold 2), pay local & property taxes so have pumped a LOT of money into the local economy....not too bad for someone living on a fixed income of just over $1K a month. 100% of the USA-earned & taxed "seed" money I brought down, plus my fixed monthly income is spent totally within the local economy.
But the original post wasn't about illegals in the USA, it's about illegal entry, illegal continued physical presence & earning illegal income in Mexico. I feel I clearly made my point regarding the OP's questions, so this will be my last post on the subject.