Here in NC things are a bit different. As I stated before I am a farmer and I employ only citizens. I pay $15 dollars an hour. Many of my counterparts hire illegals who actually make more than what I pay.
In a 3 year, you will see these individuals with a mobile home and/or a vehicle that they OWN. They have a child who is a citizen which means that foodstamps and Medicaid come into the home.
Most work on H2A farms which guarantees 12 to 15 an hour, no taxes, no housing costs, no transportation costs, no food costs mandated by the government.
After 10 months they let the visa lapse and they say here putting away close to 15gs a year. They open grocery stores, churches, and buy land. Meanwhile the people I employ still struggle