The following Q&As are the result of discussions with congressional staff members of both parties in Washington, D.C., and not one person disagreed with the concept of undocumented immigrants and their employers sharing in mitigating the effects of illegal immigration.
- What about the visa overstays?
This program does not include individuals overstaying their visas. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Pew Research all agree that we can strengthen our ability to track those immigrants who overstay their visas by strengthening our data collection and biometric systems. The ITIG proposal will provide the billions of dollars a year to strengthen homeland security data collection and biometric systems without any added burden on U.S. taxpayers.
The most recent overstay figures range upwards from 416,500 in 2015 (DHS Report), but the numbers are also reported to be shrinking. (The [DHS] report indicates that the number of foreign visitors who overstay dwindles over time-Pew). Pew Research has included a summary of the most recent 22-page DHS report on overstays, along with their own data.
- Won’t this encourage more illegal immigration?
Possibly some, but behaviorist Bruce Morehouse, Ph.D., believes that once the taxes are paid by employers who sponsor the immigrants, a symbiotic relationship will be created and hiring newcomers will be a low priority. Additionally, the vision provides $20 billion for law enforcement and border security.
- Won’t some immigrants fear that the government will use this information to deport them?
In our model, the programs created in community centers will help educate immigrants, teach English and provide counseling—all of which will help acculturation and will foster a sense of belonging and acceptance, removing any fear. The advantages of the Special Work Permit will be apparent quickly and most will want to participate.
- Won’t some employers refuse to participate?
It will not be a request; it will be a new tax law, where employers will be subject to serious fines for non-compliance. The workers’ lives will change drastically with the Special Work Permit—they will refuse to work for non-complying employers. This program also provides much needed funding for enforcement.
8 U.S. Code § 1324a – Unlawful employment of aliens
- Do you consider this to be comprehensive reform?
We consider it a transitional program. We’ve merely adjusted the taxes, designed a self-enforcing method of compliance, and outlined a couple of dozen problems that the new revenue can resolve. The issues are complex and involve numerous federal, state and local agencies. Our program provides transparency and accountability while raising revenue from those who benefit the most—the workers and their employers.
- Won’t some abuse the system by filing an ITIN tax return for the Child Tax Credit and also the third way taxes for the freedom and benefits?
The program itself would replace ITIN returns for the most part, just leaving the higher earning legitimate returns with W-2 or 1099 form documentation.
- What about E-Verify?
E-Verify is a very powerful tool and strengthens this proposal just as this proposal provides additional tools for fixing our broken immigration and tax policies. E-Verify and the third way complement each other.
- Won’t employers simply eliminate employees subject to payroll taxes and re-hire immigrants with Special Work Permits?
We need to protect the American workers. Only if we tax employers and Special Work Permit employees as we would similar employees with withholdings—plus the 5 percent—will the program be fair. As with all undocumented employees at this time, they would not be able to collect Social Security and Medicare. We have trillions of dollars invested in our infrastructure, military, police and fire departments—all of which are very expensive to maintain. This is a small price to pay for living in a safe environment with benefits.
- Why will employers comply with this new policy?
There are countless reasons why homeowners and businesses will benefit by embracing the ITIG policy:
- It will be legal to hire undocumented immigrants—no more deportations—no more fines or possible jail time.
- Undocumented immigrants will gain health benefits and have access to an improved educational system.
- The advantages for employers and employees override any potential obstacles and will create committed and honest relationships between workers and management.
- The ITIG policy is a simple process that is easy to implement. Compliance is effortless — everyone benefits.
- Will the plan work for the cash economy employees working in various trades and services?
The benefits for immigrants are unequaled and will draw the cash economy workers “out of the shadows.” The advantages are unprecedented and will inspire these immigrants and employers to pay the minimal tax. Cell phone payment and computer technology make this a simple task today, while it was not possible in years past.
- Does the plan apply to farm personnel?
Immigrants working hard under grueling conditions are instrumental in bringing fresh produce to our tables. As with all humanity, their basic needs for food, shelter and safety must be met. The wage tax provides for many of their needs, including routine preventive health screenings.
Farmers will be responsible for seeing that the split tax is paid to the IRS. Subcontractors, if used, will ensure the Special Work Permit documentation is accurate, and workers’ accounts credited. This will also clean up the numerous falsified records created by undocumented immigrants using others’ Social Security numbers.
- How will this proposal affect socioeconomic conditions within America—won’t it create two classes?
According to surveyed undocumented immigrants, their greatest wish is to be able to offer better lives to their children—not retirement benefits or voting rights. The educational benefits in our plan will fulfill that dream and improve the U.S. economy with educated, hardworking, committed immigrants.
The ten-year, renewable transitional plan will improve the lives of immigrants and is designed to bring them respect and dignity and allow them to assimilate more easily into society, which will eliminate the two-class issue. Citizenship needs to be merit-based, and with improved conditions, most likely fewer workers will be interested in becoming citizens.
Please contact Mark Jason, Director of Immigrant Tax Inquiry Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-456-2604 for more information.
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