America Needs a Third Way
We believe in a third way . . .
a solution for immigration reform that generates $210 billion in new revenue over a ten-year period, and creates 1.7 million new jobs –
By paying their five percent tax, along with their employers, unauthorized immigrants will receive a 10-year renewable special work permit called the REALcard.
REAL embodies our ideals—Respect, Equality, Accountability, Legality.
The REALcard will give immigrants the right to
- work and live in the U.S. legally,
- receive access to healthcare, continuing education, English proficiency training, and other benefits,
- apply for a visa and travel freely to and from their country of origin,
- apply for a driver’s license and auto insurance, contingent on individual state laws, and
- have their children and spouses receive the same benefits as the REALcard holder.
By effectively sponsoring employees for the REALcard and taking responsibility for their share of the tax, employers will
- be in compliance with the law and no longer be subject to fines or penalties,
- be rewarded with healthier and dedicated employees,
- benefit by helping to secure support services and acceptance into society for employees,
- enjoy an easy-pay system and no tax forms, and
- reap the benefits of a transparent, accountable immigration system.
The REALcard provides an elegant solution—a 10-year special work permit with the possibility of renewing that would allow entrants to self-realize—settle-in and engage in the pursuit of happiness. The 10-year span eliminates the incredible stress on our immigration court systems, provides an initial avenue for those who wish to become citizens, and cleans up Social Security and Medicare records. Cell phone and computer technology make paying the tax a simple matter for cash economy workers’ employers—no bureaucracy.
REALcard Revenues Over Ten Years
Respect Equality Accountability Legality
A Third Way
The effects of the REALcard, or renewable 10-year special work permit, represent a societal change where 5 percent contributions from unauthorized immigrants and 5 percent from their employers will fund many of the areas affected by illegal immigration.
|Annual Base Salary||Tax Rate||Time Frame||Estimated Tax Revenue|
|4.3 million unauthorized workers1||$34,000||10%||10 years||$146 billion|
|3.9 million cash economy||$20,000||10%||10 years||$78 billion|
|Annual ITIN potential tax fraud recovered||$6 billion||0||10 years||$60 billion|
Total: $284 billion
– $14 billion for visa overstays2
– $60 billion tax savings recovered
Estimated Tax Revenue to be released into the economy: $210 billion
Our Vision for Funding America’s Needs
Revenue from ITIG’s Five + Five solution will be directed to each state by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which can help fund the following priorities:
Education – $60 billion
- Enrichment programs
- Meals for kids
- Bilingual educators
- Alternative education
- Trade and technical career schools
- Veteran retraining
- Career counseling
- Preschool activities
- Dropout prevention
- Class size reduction
Healthcare – $60 billion
- Medical clinics
- Urgent care
- Family planning
- Mental health
- Continuing education
Community Centers – $10 billion
- English proficiency
- Nutrition guidance
- Acculturation programs
- After school activities and programs
Legal System – $10 billion
- Overburdened courts
- Criminal retention
- Gang intervention
- Officer training
Government Services – $10 billion
- Homeland Security
- IRS administration
- Secure borders
- Biometric identification
- Power lines
- Affordable energy
- Clean water
- Underground pipes
- Medical professionals
- Construction workers
- Law enforcement
The revenue generated by the Five + Five solution will fund essential services in America — education, healthcare, infrastructure and more.
Rather than going to the ‘general fund’ or ’employee retirement’ accounts, the resulting billions would be allocated to states through the IRS, to help solve three major concerns: immigration, infrastructure, job needs and more.
|State||Unauthorized Immigrant Population||Percentage||Total State Allocation|
Note: All numbers are rounded independently and are not adjusted to sum to the total U.S. figure or other totals. Percents are calculated from unrounded numbers.
See Methodology for rounding rules. Significant changes are based on 90% confidence interval.
Source: Pew Research Center estimates for 2014 based on augmented American Community Survey data from Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS).
ITIG has calculated the Percentage and State Allotment columns based on Pew numbers. An adjustment has been made by ITIG to accommodate the sum of unauthorized immigrants of 11,100,000 in the Pew report.
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