Undocumented immigrants in the United States take advantage of laws that allow them to work legally as their own employers, which in turn helps them support themselves and improves the country’s economy.
Companies that hire independent contractors do not have to check the immigration status of their hires, which allows undocumented immigrants the ability to work with a certain amount of legality in some cases.
The undocumented immigrants who are most likely to do this are the younger, more technologically aware sort who are able to maintain their own tools cheaply on the Internet and establish their small businesses.
President Obama’s recent executive orders (termed DACA) allow certain younger undocumented immigrants to work legally with labor authorization. However, many undocumented immigrants are either too wary of the government to participate in this program or may be disqualified. By creating their own businesses, undocumented immigrants can contribute to society and the economy and maintain their privacy – not to mention save a few hundred dollars in immigration processing fees.
Depending on the state in which an undocumented immigrant creates their own company to work as a contractor, they may be required to pay taxes associated with their limited liability company. Regardless, they will need to obtain an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) to pay income taxes. The ITIN works as an identifier similar, but alternative to a social security number.
Establishing a tax record and financial ties to the United States could be a major consideration in future comprehensive immigration reform. This makes this strategy rather ingenious and beneficial in the long-run.
It also combats negative presuppositions of undocumented immigrants and lends support to their cause. Negative criticisms of undocumented immigrants often include that they do not contribute to taxes, are unskilled, take jobs from American citizens and do not contribute positively to the U.S. economy.
All of these criticism are neatly refuted by these enterprising, self-employed undocumented immigrants who, among other things, sometimes create jobs for other Americans.