While nobody can dispute that if illegal aliens who work "under the table" paid taxes, Uncle Sam's, as you put it, "coffers", would grow proportionately. However, I must take umbrage to your allegation that the undocumented would "gladly contribute", but believe that they would find as many ways to cheat the tax system as do legal US persons - certainly if the former undocumented are legalized and are, before legalization, paid $7.00 an hour, I contend they would be very upset to learn that after legalization, they will be paid the same $7.00, minus taxes. In fact, the employer's matching Social Security and other deductions required by an employer will continue to be reason for the same scoff-law employers to pay "under the table", whether to legal, or undocumented workers. Furthermore, we do not "have to welcome these immigrants into our polity and tax base" . . . . what we need to do is to put the burden of paying taxes on the wages of the undocumented on the employers, who are every bit, if not more, guilty of cheating the US and its citizenry out of tax money. And as to those employers, they should be ashamed of themselves.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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