Packaged in brightly colored glass bottles, and available in almost every Mexican restaurant and grocery store from California to New York City, Jarritos has become a staple on soda shelves both in the U.S. and Mexico. Now, with a powerful new TV ad titled “The Journey,” the soft drink company is positioning itself as a voice in American politics, and a strong supporter of immigration reform.
According to Remezcla, the new commercial is directed by Diego Luna—the Mexican-born actor best known for films like Y Tu Mamá También, as well The Terminal and Milk—and takes viewers on a trip to America through the eyes of an immigrant.
by Roy Germano, published August 4, 2014 at Vice News
Unauthorized workers are paying an estimated $13 billion a year in social security taxes and only getting around $1 billion back, according to a senior government statistician.
Stephen Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration (SSA), told VICE News that an estimated 7 million people are currently working in the US illegally. Of those, he estimates that about 3.1 million are using fake or expired social security numbers, yet also paying automatic payroll taxes. Goss believes that these workers pay an annual net contribution of $12 billion to the Social Security Trust Fund.
A new 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that undocumented immigrants’ tax contributions would increase significantly under the Obama Administration’s executive actions and even more substantially under comprehensive immigration reform granting all undocumented immigrants lawful permanent residence.
The 11.4 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States collectively paid $11.84 billion in state and local taxes in 2012. ITEP’s analysis finds their combined nationwide state and local tax contributions would increase by $845 million under full implementation of the administration’s 2012 and 2014 executive actions and by $2.2 billion under comprehensive immigration reform.
Click here for interactive tool to see how much undocumented immigrants already contribute in state and local taxes and how much they will contribute post-reform
In the public debates over federal immigration reform, sufficient and accurate information about the tax contributions of undocumented immigrants is often lacking. The reality is the 11.4 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States pay billions of dollars in local, state and federal taxes, and their tax contributions would increase under immigration policy reform.1 To date, however, Congress has not passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation which would grant a pathway to lawful permanent residence for all undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.