The people who have entered our country by illegal means are quite insistent that they be referred to as “undocumented workers.” There is a very good reason they wish to be referred to in this manner.
Most of these people who entered illegally are, in fact, documented. They have social security numbers and drivers licenses. Albeit obtained illegally. In purchasing these documents, they have committed a felony. These documents were obtained by stealing the identity of a legal American citizen. This is not a victimless crime.
In addition, they commit another felony when they fill out and sign the federal form I-9 which presents this stolen identity as their own and sign the form attesting that this information is true and correct.
Up to this point, they have committed two felonies.
If they obtain a legitimate job and are obligated to have taxes withheld from their pay - the again lie on the form and usually say that they have 9 dependents so as to not have any Federal Income Tax withheld from their pay check.
For many years I encountered this practice when I was a Federally licensed IRS Enrolled Agent. This criminal behavior escalates when they file their federal tax return. When they pass the “green card test” (illegal documentation) and the “substantial Presence Test”. This last test allows them to be treated as a resident alien if they have been in the US for a few years. Again, this is left up to their honest judgment.
Now, let me tell you what they are entitled to when they file their tax return. First they qualify for the earned income credit. A CREDIT is money the government will pay you even if you owe no tax. A person who claims 3 dependents and earns $13,000 a year is entitled to a credit of $5,700 from the government. In addition, this same person is entitled to a Child Tax Credit of $1,000 per child. Remember, these children, if in fact they exist and if they are a dependent, are all using stolen identities.
So by filing a tax return using falsely obtained documents an illegal alien can pay no taxes and receive a check from the Treasury in the amount of $8,700.
To further compound the illegal activities, these people are entitled to Medicaid, food stamps and cash assistance. Their children are entitled to free schooling, free medical, free dental, free school meals (3 per day including summers) free school uniforms.
It costs more to educate these children of illegal aliens because we need ESOL teachers for their classrooms. I am sure there are other benefits that I have omitted but you see the point about calling them undocumented workers.