I don't know how it is in other places, but around here, the highway intersection beggars are organized. They move around, so that you're not always seeing the same person on the same corner. You'll see a different person on that corner, and that person on a different corner.
In my travels yesterday, I must have seen upwards of a dozen, and some of them were even getting donations.
I can't see it, myself, though I have been told that they make more than they could at a regular job.
You talk about immigrants not paying taxes! Do you think these people are doing so? I don't. Anyone who works a regular job, with a SS card, valid or not, pays into the Social Security system, and invalid card holders never collect. Beggars don't pay any taxes.
I strongly dislike the thought of begging, and would rather go hungry, but maybe I've just never been that hungry. No matter how down and out I have been, I have always managed to work and support myself, rather than begging from strangers.
Each beggar his his or her cardboard sign: "SINGLE MOM...HOMELESS...WILL TAKE ANYTHING!" "GOD BLESS YOU." "OUT OF WORK...THREE KIDS." You get the picture.
Call me heartless, but I won't give them anything. There are always odd jobs, house cleaning, delivering fliers.