A few weeks ago, the publication, Seven Days, ran a pretty good article about illegal workers employed at Asian restaurants in the Burlington area. Unfortunately, they only reported half the story and missed the other unsavory facts. They did point out that many Asian restaurants around Vermont employ workers illegally and pay them barely enough to live on. That is very true. I personally know about an Asian restaurant in Montpelier that regularly hires illegals. The owner puts them up in a dwelling that he owns with barely enough furniture to say so and sometimes not enough beds. They have to sleep on the floor. He is also paying them “under the table” so he is cheating the IRS and law abiding taxpayers. It is pretty apparent that this is a regular occurrence so how do these so called business owners get away with these practices?
On the other hand, here is what Seven Days did not report. There are also illegals working as waiters and waitresses who make a substantial amount of money in unreported tips and other compensation. I know of one woman, employed at an Asian restaurant in Chittenden County, who makes approximately $1000 per week as a waitress, tax free! She does not report the income to the IRS and does not have a green card and/or the right to work in the USA. Yet, even though she puts in a lot of hours (though probably no more than anyone else who nets $50,000 per year legally) she makes a pretty decent living at your’s and my expense. Again, why isn’t there an investigation into these establishments, hefty fines and deportation processes? It is a slap in the face to legal immigrants and U.S. taxpayers. Look what the government is doing to the American citizens barracading themselves into their homes in NH because they refuse to pay taxes. What if an American citizen can’t pay his mortgage and has to rob a bank for money? That’s right…they go to jail.
Somebody is making a lot of money at the expense of American taxpayers and legal immigrants. Illegal immigrants are either taking advantage, at our expense, or being taken advantage of by unscrupulous businesses. Either way, that’s not fair to anyone involved. Billions of dollars for wars in other countries but the US cannot even control blatant criminal activity in our own country. What a hoot!
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