But there are lots of illegal immigrants that don't use safety nets and aren't here for them. Some of them might even be creating jobs or helping businesses that might collapse without them. Many are paying taxes and into SS and Medicare without being entitled to most of the benefits at all. If they were legal residents, even more would pay taxes, it would be easier to keep track of criminals, and potential citizenship can be held out as a carrot for good behavior, acculturation and productivity.
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