Think-Tank Migrationwatch UK (who are god-damn racist-ass mother-fuckers) have released a report claiming that regularising a single illegal immigrant would ‘cost the taxpayer’ one million pounds.
This is then being used to argue that the one-off earned amnesty being proposed by the Strangers Into Citizens campaign would be “adding an unacceptable – and entirely unnecessary – burden to the nation’s balance sheet”, and “a shocking waste of public money at a time when we can least afford it”.
There’s a lot of unpacking to do here. A few points:
First off, a one-off amnesty for a few people is not something I support, it is merely one proposal about how to make the border control system work best.
Secondly, this is £1M over a 50-year or so period, which is a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers and make it harder to compare with other sums.
Thirdly, Migrationwatch UK are not a source I trust for unbiased estimates.
Fourthly, and most importantly, this calculation is concerned only with immigrants as taxpayers and as recipients of benefits. It ignores the crucial fact that when they work in the minimum wage jobs that they are assumed to work in, they are producing value through their labour, more value than they receive in wages.
What this report says is essentially the following: very poor people do not make a net contribution to tax revenues. No shit. That’s rather the point of progressive and redistributive taxation.
What this report neglects to mention is the following: poor people are poor because they are exploited, i.e. their labour props up a system of accumulation in which wealth is appropriated by those at the top.