When it comes to the proposed immigration reform [read Amnesty by another name] out of Washington, the “Gang of Eight” senators’ plan will put Americans on the hook for trillions of dollars.
Do not be fooled by the words, “balanced,” “comprehensive” or “bipartisan.” There’s an old saying that warns against having too many hands in the pot. Each chef has his own idea about what the dish should be. What should have been a tasty meal turns out to be a disaster that kills the appetite instead of nourishing the body.
Former Senator Jim DeMint, now the president of the Heritage Foundation, released a study by Heritage which found staggering costs. The costs come from unintended consequences of legislation and underestimating the effects immigration reform will have on the economy. Taxpayers will be burdened when the 11 million illegals are added to an already strained welfare system.
Here are DeMint’s remarks (source: ABC News)
“There’s no reason we can’t begin to fix our immigration system so that we won’t make this problem worse. But the bill that’s being presented is unfair to those who came here legally. It will cost Americans trillions of dollars. It’ll make our unlawful immigration system worse.”
A 2007 study by Robert Rector, assuming all undocumented immigrants were granted “amnesty,” said the cost to the United States of immigration reform would be at least $2.6 trillion. When asked if the new Heritage estimate would be more than $2.5 trillion, DeMint responded “much more than that.”
The 2007 study is not without its critics, such as Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, who wrote in April that the study’s “flawed methodology produced a grossly exaggerated cost to federal taxpayers of legalizing unauthorized immigrants while undercounting or discounting their positive tax and economic contributions.”
DeMint dismissed the criticisms, including estimates by the Congressional Budget Office that say immigration reform will increase economic growth.
“Well, CBO said Obamacare wouldn’t cost us anything. They’re basically puppets of the Congress and the assumptions they put in the bill. Heritage is only organization that has done an analysis on the cost,” DeMint said.
“If you consider all the factors related to the amnesty – and, believe me, this is comprehensive – that it will have a negative long-term impact on our gross domestic product,” DeMint added. “So we just want Congress, for once, to count the cost of a bill. They’re notorious for underestimating the cost and not understanding the consequences.”
It’s the American Conservative Party’s position that immigration reform starts at our southern borders. Political machinations should be publicly called out for what they are: treasonous behavior by those seeking political gain at the expense of the sovereignty of the United States.
The American Conservative Party supports immediate action to:
Secure all borders.
Vigorously enforce our existing immigration laws.
Eliminate the magnets for illegal aliens.
Prosecute employers who hire illegal aliens.