The News Journal: Are we really a xenophobic and racist country?

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"The rhetoric from anti-immigrants is that they come here to usurp benefits they do not deserve. The reality is that many of these immigrants – both undocumented and documented - provide more than they actually receive. For example, out of any undocumented immigrant’s pay check there is a tax on social security and Medicaid – programs they do not qualify for because of their legal status. Recently, a study conducted by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that in 2012, the 11.4 million undocumented immigrants collectively paid $11.4 billion in state and local taxes. How can we call these people a burden to our country if they in fact contribute as well?"

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