I get angry when people ask "why can't they just follow the rules?" with regard to undocumented migrants. if you knew what the rules really were [and how they are derived from an institutionally racist system], the PRIVILEGE you have to HAVE in order to follow the rules, and the wider context of migration and why people have to migrate [a.k.a let my family starve or migrate], you wouldn't be asking the question. *sigh*
HA! 'illegals'... I also question what type of Hispanic he is. Were one of his parents born in Mexico? Can this person even speak Spanish?! HAHA. There will always be bad apples in any group of people. Not all undocumented people are hardworking and come here with the best intentions but over all, in general. It's without a doubt undocumented people bring more into this country than they take out. Saying that you're not racist because you're Hispanic is baseless, brown people can hate too.
You forgot the part about when the illegals use that money they're "giving" to social security. I just had an interview with a local Los Angeles no/low-pay hospital, and they said 30% of childbirth in their hospital is of Illegal immigrant's children, and 70% never give a cent, even if they owe the hospital money. That's $11,000 each birth. 2-15 illegal births a day. In ONE hospital alone. 150 miles from the border. It's not racism. I'm hispanic myself. Why can't people just follow the rules?
First of all I didn’t forget anything If your not happy with the Article I posted of which was written by Edward Schumacher-Mato then just scroll on by. Secondly I think you didn’t read the part thats said “About 180,000 unauthorized immigrants received about $1 billion in fraudulent benefits in 2007. These benefits are subtracted from the net contribution. Few of the unauthorized workers are likely to receive anything, ever.” Third for you to assume that ALL illegal Immigrants in the country are only Latino then your wrong. Of course a hispanic like yourself is not racist a brown person cant be racist. It goes against the rules of racism and I know how your all about following the rules, but you sure are narrow minded and xenophobic. So if you have a way of coming up with 240 billion dollars every year with out raising taxes, cutting pensions, or delaying the retirement age. Then you my friend deserve a job. If you don’t then shut the hell up and go after the corporations that are committing money laundering, cheque fraud, Mortgage fraud and all that other stuff Bernie did and stop picking on the people who have little voice in this country and are only trying to provide a better life for their families.
Hello I am a student at EPCC & I need to knoww if there is any major events that happened in El Paso where the Brown Berets were directly involved? I cannot find any information on it.
The party’s 1972 national convention in El Paso, Texas, symbolized the organization’s potential to unify its various cells, but ultimately led to its undoing as one contingent supported Colorado’s Corky Gonzales for chairman, while another delegation backed José Angel Gutiérrez, who was from Texas. In the end, Gutiérrez emerged as the leader, causing the LRUP to splinter into factions, and thus it was never able to forge a nationwide entity.
El Paso, Texas June 14, 2011—We are joining protests around the nation on June 16, 2011 when Carlos Montes is scheduled to appear in court in the aftermath of the FBI and Los Angeles Sheriff’s raid on his home. A SWAT team along with the FBI smashed the door and rushed in with automatic weapons as Carlos Montes slept in his home on May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM. The raiders ransacked his house, taking his computer, cell phones and hundreds of documents, photos, diskettes and mementos of his current political activities in the pro-immigrant rights and Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement. Hundreds of historical documents related to the Chicana/o Movement were taken away in an effort to erase the rich history of the Chicana/o Liberation Movement. Montes, is a founding member of the Brown Berets a Chicana/o neighborhood apparatus committed to defend the Mexican American communities from police brutality and harassment.
How Illegal Immigrants are helping Social Security
The contributions by unauthorized immigrants to Social Security — essentially, to the retirement income of everyday Americans — are much larger than previously known, raising questions about the efforts in many states and among Republicans in Congress to force these workers out. In response to a research inquiry for a book I am writing on the economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.
That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund’s total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.
Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss’s 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.
The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.
"If for example we had not had other-than-legal immigrants in the country over the past," Goss e-mailed me, "then these numbers suggest that we would have entered persistent shortfall of tax revenue to cover [payouts] starting [in] 2009, or six years earlier than estimated under the 2010 Trustees Report."
Americans are faced with the difficult choice of cutting pensions, delaying the retirement age or raising taxes if we want to maintain the solvency of what has been the centerpiece of social welfare for ordinary Americans since the 1930s.
Legal immigrants are also net contributors to the pensions of the rest of us because they are relatively young as a group. But the benefit we receive from unauthorized immigrants carries special irony. Immigration restrictionists in Arizona, Virginia, Texas and almost every state in the country are pushing bills and local ordinances to force them out by making it difficult to get jobs, rent apartments, send their children to college or drive cars.
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated this week that the number of unauthorized immigrants in the country dropped from a peak of 12 million in March 2007 to 11.1 million in March 2009. The drop is due in part to the recession but also to the hostile atmosphere toward unauthorized immigrants.
The Obama administration isn’t helping much. Barack Obama, like George W. Bush before him, favors legalizing most of the unauthorized. But in making enforcement systems tighter to curtail future illegal immigration, his administration is deporting ever more of the ones already here — to the tune of 400,000 this year. Yet the administration has resisted pressuring congressional Democrats to craft a legalization bill, in part because of Republican opposition.
Adding to the Social Security irony is that the restrictionists are mostly older or retired whites from longtime American families. The very people, in other words, who benefit most from the Social Security payments by unauthorized immigrants.
The Social Security actuaries estimate that two-thirds of unauthorized immigrant workers, or 5.6 million people, were paying into the system in 2007. Roughly half used a Social Security number tied to an invented name or one that belonged to someone else. Of the rest, many got legal cards when they entered the country under a temporary work visa. They stayed illegally after their visas expired.
About 180,000 unauthorized immigrants received about $1 billion in fraudulent benefits in 2007, Goss said. These benefits are subtracted from the net contribution. Few of the unauthorized workers are likely to receive anything, ever. About the only way they might would be if they were to become legal, and they had paid their withholding taxes using their true names.
The decline in illegal immigration, plus tighter workplace enforcement, means that contributions from the unauthorized will decrease. But as Goss notes, they remain, because of larger families, a positive contributing factor to Social Security solvency.