Poverty And Undocumented Immigrants By Jo Goodwin Parker Essay

1269 Words Nov 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Poverty and Undocumented Immigrants “What is Poverty” written by Jo Goodwin Parker does a great job defining what poverty is. She uses description with narration to keep the reader engaged. This essay was written some time ago, but it still describes what poverty is in modern times and how people feel it. When Parker wrote this essay she was a single mother with three children, and had no hope of ever coming out of poverty. She explained why and how it is really difficult to get out of poverty. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the US has experienced the highest decline in poverty rates in the last 16 years. In 2015 13.5 % or 43.1 million Americans lived in poverty. In the United States, in present times there are multiple ways a person who is living in poverty can receive federal aid to improve their situation. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. In the United States there are 13 million undocumented immigrants who cannot receive federal aid. Many people believe this is not the case and argue that “illegal immigrants” are only taking advantage of federal aid programs in the United States. In reality undocumented immigrants, most often do not receive any type of federal aid such as food stamps and welfare but do pay taxes. According to findings by “Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions”, in 2014 eleven mil¬lion undocumented immi¬grants currently living in the United States collec¬tively pay $11.64 billion in state and local taxes…

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