Joe vs. Jose: An Illustration

Those of us interested in such things sometimes talk about the negative consequences of allowing illegal immigration, but it isn’t always easy to articulate the problem. People need to understand how it might affect them directly. If they can understand how the system currently gives unfair advantages to the illegal immigrant over the legal resident or citizen, they are more likely to get on board the effort to fix the system and stop/punish illegal immigration.

The following (reformatted a bit by yours truly) was emailed to a Facebook friend of mine (h/t Greg West of The Poached Egg), but he isn’t sure of the original source. Regardless, it demonstrates the “private” economic issue pretty well….

Illegal aliens - i want you out of my countryJOE vs. JOSE

You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal.” Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California. Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted. Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table.”

Ready? Now pay attention….

Joe Legal: $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 Legal now has $31,231.00.
Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.
Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal makes too much money to be considered eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.
Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, WIC, and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.
Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent Subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for car insurance. Some of that is uninsured motorist insurance.
Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal has to make his now $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same elementary school.
Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches, while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch.

Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program.
Joe Legal’s children go home.

Now, when they reach college age, Joe Legal’s kids may not get into a State School and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though Joe has been paying for State Schools through his taxes, while Jose Illegal’s kids “go to the head of the class” because they are a minority.

Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

Do you get it, now? And, if Jose can find a way to vote, with no ID, etc…. who do you think he might vote for?? If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens, you are part of the problem! We need to keep this going — we need to make changes ASAP! It’s way PAST time to take a stand for America and Americans!

What are you waiting for? Pass it on.

Helps clarify things a little, eh? Now, remember that there are conservatively 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. (probably more), and you begin to get a better picture of how big the problem is. Illegals broke/break the law to enter and remain in the country, they compete for American jobs, then they get more government subisidies and other advantages than the average citizen. They are an economic drain on this country and on us — the taxpayers who ultimately fund everything.

Vote NO on anything that involves Amnesty!

P.S.  Yes, I realize this doesn’t represent every Joe Legal or Jose Illegal. How could it? But, I think it’s a reasonable scenario to illustrate the point.


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