Utah's Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are withholding support for the current immigration reform bill because they want undocumented immigrants to pay back taxes on their earnings ("Utah's Hatch wants immigrants to pay back taxes," Tribune, June 7).
This is not the taxes they owed on an employer-issued W-2 form (which probably withheld taxes). They want them to remember every time someone gave them unreported cash for doing a job.
Paying someone "under the table" benefits employers far more that it benefits employees. Many of these cash payrolls are used by employers to avoid paying their share of Social Security and Medicare taxes or paying minimum wage.