I keep seeing crap like the following on people’s Facebook status and it’s really getting on my nerves.
If you cross the N. Korean border illegally, you get 12 yrs. hard labor. If you cross the Afghanistan border illegally, you get shot. If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get a job, a driver’s license, food stamps, a place to live, health care, housing & child benefits, education, & tax free business for 7 yrs. No wonder we are a country in debt. Re-post if you agree
There are so many things wrong with this that I’m not even sure where to begin, but I’ll try.
First, who the hell wants to go to North Korea or Afghanistan? What kind of comparison is that? Is the person who posted this suggesting that perhaps we should shoot everyone coming across the Mexican border? What about those sneaky Canucks up north or the folks smuggled in through shipping ports and forced into prostitution or sweatshop labor? Kill’em all? Or perhaps we should funnel even more money we don’t have into the prison-industrial, concentration camp, slave labor complex and destroy even more families while creating even more future generations of people with axes to grind with our government.
Second, with few exceptions most wage paying jobs in this country result in payments into the social security system, even when the job is held by an illegal immigrant. That’s money they will never get back. Most immigrants pay taxes just like you and I do, the biggest difference being that while we can expect a bit of a refund sometimes, illegal immigrants generally cannot claim what would otherwise be their due.
If you want to bitch about people who don’t pay their fair share into the system, look no further than the owners and major stakeholders of most multinational corporations. Contrary to popular misconception, most corporations and the upper-crust who own them pay next to nothing in taxes, especially as a percentage of their total annual income.
Consider that if you earn $106,000 (or less) this year, you pay social security and medicaid taxes on 100% of your income, but if you make $212,000, you only pay those taxes on half your income. The more you earn, the less you pay, and don’t even get me started on the charade that is the capital gains tax loophole which allows people who “earn” their income from investments to avoid a huge chunk of their tax bill by shielding most of their real income.
The claim that the US government grants a seven-year tax holiday to certain groups of immigrants – legal or otherwise – is patently false and amounts to nothing more than hate speech. Don’t believe me? Look here and here.
I don’t see all the people wasting their time spreading this thinly veiled racism standing in line to pick the produce, dig the ditches, or do the other nasty, back-breaking work that our (mostly) Latino cousins do when they come here. There are so few illegals left in Georgia today that much of that state’s food crops will rot in the fields this year, and when food rots on the vine or is otherwise not harvested the price we pay for what does make it to market goes higher.
Perhaps if life wasn’t so hard in the home countries of many immigrants (often made that way with the help of American business interests and/or our government) there wouldn’t be so many people clamoring to get into this country. We are not the shining beacon of hope and opportunity our collective mythology would have us believe, and I am encouraged by the progress many social democracies in south and central America have made in the last few years. With any luck we’ll learn something about social justice and democratic change from the influx of Latino blood and ideas into our anglo-American culture.
Immigration, like many other ‘hot button’ issues is just one more means of distracting and dividing the American working class against itself to maintain the power of the elites at the top of our fascist corporatocracy. Next time you see one of these hateful rants circulating on a social network, see it for what it really is, a display of ignorance endorsed and fueled by our corporate masters. Don’t buy into it!