Pacifica Social Justice
Pacifica Social Justice (PSJ) works to develop and sustain a just and inclusive community. We oppose all forms of injustice, including oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, class, religion and national origin.
We understand that social justice can not be seen as separate from the struggles for economic justice, peace and the environment, and we are proud to be part of the Pacifica Progressive Alliance. We are currently working on making Pacifica a Sanctuary City, immigrant rights and defense, and against any registry based on religion or national origin. We are also supporting the Healthy California Act (SB 562, the California single-payer bill), as well as Fair Rents 4 Pacifica’s campaign for rent stabilization and renters’ rights. We invite anyone who wants to share in this work to join us.
Myths and Facts About Immigration
MYTH: Undocumented immigrants are draining public benefits.
FACT: We believe everyone is entitled to a safe home, enough food to eat and medical care when needed. We believe in education for all children. This does not happen in this country unless you have the money to pay for it. We believe that everyone who needs benefits should receive them, but undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal public benefits such as Social Security, SSI, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
MYTH: Undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes
FACT: In a 2016 report the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy stated that based on 2014 data, undocumented immigrants pay an estimated $11.74 billion in state and local taxes a year. This figure includes more than 7 billion in sales and excise taxes, 3.6 billion in property taxes and $1.1 billion in personal income taxes
MYTH: Undocumented immigrants do not pay into Social Security.
FACT: In 2013, the Social Security Administration estimated that “earnings by undocumented immigrants … contributed roughly $12 billion to the cash flow of the program for 2010”. Since undocumented workers aren’t eligible for Social Security benefits, this revenue never goes to them.
MYTH: Undocumented immigrants take American jobs.
FACT: Undocumented immigrants have a ripple effect on the U.S. economy – working, shopping, investing, paying taxes. The lives of workers will not be improved by ripping 11 million immigrants out of the economy. Instead we should seek to empower all the workers in this country to earn good wages under decent working conditions.