Immigration. What a beautiful topic. In a country made mostly of people whose ancestors were not here 3 centuries ago (a blink in historical terms), we really have some posters having very bad opinions about migrants, documented and "illegal". Truth is, immigrants contribute a great deal to the US economy and overall they input more than they take. At some point the US decided to cut back (or at least not invest to modernize) their immigration system and that has created huge backlogs and a shortage of laborers, that has been covered with undocumented migrants. Anyways, if you think that people that moves here to try to make things better for them and their families are the problem, here is an article that will help you view the issue from a different perspective: https://www.vox.com/2018/4/13/17229018/undocumented-immigrants-pay-taxes It’s true that not all undocumented immigrants pay federal income taxes, because the government has no way to keep track of their under-the-table earnings. The IRS can withhold taxes from those hired with fake Social Security numbers, but workers who get paid in cash could simply choose not to report it, unless they voluntarily file a return with an ITIN number. Still, all undocumented workers fund public schools and local government services by paying sales and property taxes like everyone else. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that they pay about $11.7 billion a year in state and local taxes. And workers who get a paycheck, like Maria, still have payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security withheld from their paycheck, even if they put a fake Social Security number on their W-2 form. The IRS estimates that unauthorized workers pay about $9 billion in payroll taxes annually. In Maria’s case, the W-2 form showed that she paid $1,072 into Social Security and $251 into Medicare, two social safety net programs she may never benefit from. A portion of the payroll tax withheld from undocumented immigrants — like all workers — goes to the retirement trust fund at the Social Security Administration. In 2013, the agency reviewed how much money undocumented workers contributed the retirement trust fund. The number was astonishing: $13 billion in one year. The chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, Stephen Goss, estimates that about 1.8 million immigrants were working with fake or stolen Social Security cards in 2010, and he expects that number to reach 3.4 million by 2040. “We estimate that earnings by unauthorized immigrants result in a net positive effect on Social Security financial status generally,” Goss concluded in the 2013 review.