Re: Is Newt calling for Amnesty?
With regard to taxes, they will have been paying sales taxes (local and state, if any), gas taxes and other taxes on consumption. And while they may not be paying income tax, given their income levels, chances are they wouldn't have been paying any even if they were citizens. And since they don't file taxes, they don't get credits back from the government. So I don't think the government is losing any income here just because they're illegal immigrants.
Originally Posted by wooyarn
With regard to fines and expenses, I have no problem with the notion of a set fee being attached to receiving a residency card (or whatever they get), to off-set public expense on welfare programs, payable over time if necessary. I don't know what the numbers on that would be like.
And with regard to the number of years, I'll suggest 10, because its a nice round number and a decade is long enough to put down roots as a family, long enough for a child to become connected to his/her community, and long enough to establish a record as a peaceful member of society. But it isn't up to me. More informed people can draw the line wherever they think proper, and doubtless it would eventually be the result of compromise. But surely the worst place to draw the line would be at some extreme position!
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