Joe Legal vs. Jose Illegal

I don’t know who wrote this, but it’s a simple, quick, and direct way to convey the economic costs of illegal immigration. It also palpably communicates the justified RAGE of the American working class. 
The plain truth is that the political elites of BOTH major parties aid and abet illegal immigration because it serves their selfish interests — against the people’s will. And if you’re upset by the moniker “Jose Illegal,” you’re willingly blind to the reality that Mexico is the main source of illegal aliens.
H/t FellowshipOfMinds member BobA!


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 at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal makes too much money and is not 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 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 insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.
Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal has to make his $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 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.
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?
If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens….
You are part of the problem!

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Aside from the general silliness here — why don’t Joe and Jose live in the same place and pay the same rent, even though Jose’s would supposedly be subsidized? Making Joe’s place $700 more a month seems unfair — it’s worth noting that a huge number of illegal immigrants DO have social security numbers, and DO have social security and other payroll taxes withheld from their paychecks, all so their employers can claim to believe they’re here legally. There’s an excellent chance Jose is starting out with $21,840 in his pocket and not $21,200.


Oh, sorry, Steve, I thought I was responding to a post about the economic costs of illegal immigration, and not to one about the status of immigrants to other countries. Maybe you should just erase all that silly pointless text Eowyn put up there and just stick with “What part of Illegal Don’t you understand,” since that does seem to be an argument you can win without troublesome facts getting in the way.


ILLEGAL alien, what’s so hard to understand about that? Along with any claim that they contribute to our economy, they also bring it down by not legally paying for resources. We also have to pay for to take care of inmates that should be immediately returned back to their own country.