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article imageHeritage Foundation: Immigration reform to cost $6.3 trillion

By Michael Krebs     May 6, 2013 in Politics
According to a study released on Monday by the Heritage Foundation, the costs of implementing the immigration reform bill could top $6.3 trillion in social and entitlement spending.
As congressional Republicans and Democrats continue to debate the immigration reform bill originally fashioned by the Gang of Eight, a report issued on Monday by the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation is now warning that the cost of implementing the bill would be $6.3 trillion.
The $6.3 trillion figure would be delivered in new spending on entitlements and social programs, as the nation would need to absorb a large population of immigrants, according to a report in Politico.
Citing the Heritage Foundation study, newly accepted immigrants would receive $9.4 trillion in benefits over the course of their lifetime. These benefits include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and a variety of benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
Additionally, as the Christian Science Monitor reported on Monday, the current version of the immigration reform bill would foster "chain migration" among families, further complicating the populations eligible for legal immigration status.
"It allows all US citizens and permanent residents to petition for their spouses, children, or parents who have been deported or barred from the US to reenter the country under a more-generous standard of hardship, for example," CSM's David Grant reported. "It would also allow young undocumented people, known as DREAMers for the bill that would give them a special path to citizenship, who have been deported in recent years to apply for a similar waiver, allowing them to return to the US. The bill also would wipe out the 4.5 million people waiting in family-based immigration backlogs over the next decade, bringing those who could have lingered as long as 20 years into the country over the next decade. Another provision ensures that some families aren’t split apart in the first place. Legal permanent residents, also known as green card holders, will be allowed to bring spouses and children into the US with them immediately. It would also allow some temporary workers to enter the US with their children and spouses."
The Heritage Foundation's study comes at a crucial time, and its findings will likely cause significant hesitation among the bill's Republican supporters.
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