Heritage Foundation says amnesty will cost taxpayers at least $6.3 trillion


The Heritage Foundation released its much-awaited study of the Gang of Ocho’s amnesty plan this morning. The Examiner’s Conn Carroll helpfully summarizes the study’s key points:

Heritage study: net deficit of unlawful immigrant households would actually drop after amnesty but then rise as they qualify for welfare

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Heritage study estimates unlawful immigrants will draw $3 in SS and Medicare benefits for every $1 they pay in taxes

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Heritage study estimates that unlawful immigration depresses low-skill U.S. citizen wages by 10% heritage.org/research/repor…

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Heritage study finds that unlawful immigrant households have more wage earners than non-immigrant households … but they still earn less

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Heritage study does account for economic benefits of amnesty. They predict tax revenues will go up by $3.1 trillion.

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Can’t be stressed enough: Heritage study does not analyze the entire Schumer-Rubio bill, just the amnesty portion of it.

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

The study’s lead author, Robert Rector, says the costs of amnesty are backloaded:

Rector says deficit for unlawful immigrant households will go down for first 13 years of amnesty heritage.org/research/repor…

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

after the 13 year window, the costs of amnesty explode heritage.org/research/repor…

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Rector: Amnesty takes bad system and makes it a worse deal for taxpayers.

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Once they become permanent residents, in about 13 years, they will have access to all programs — and the cost EXPLODES. #HeritageStudy

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) May 6, 2013

Does that sound familiar? It should:

DeMint compares Schumer-Rubio to Obamcare. Says cost explosion hidden outside 10 year CBO window.

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

DeMint again comparing Schumer-Rubio to Obamacare. Says legislators have learned to push real costs outside 10 yr CBO window.

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) May 6, 2013

Does the Heritage Foundation study actually understate the costs of amnesty? Yes, probably:

“The cost estimate of $6.3 trillion is in fact very LOW. It assumes there are only 11 million illegals (it’s higher).” #HeritageStudyPresser

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) May 6, 2013

“The $6.3 trillion cost is actually low-balling, as it assumes no one will cheat on their applications.” #HeritageStudyPresser

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) May 6, 2013

Wow, and the Heritage study didn’t even factor in the cost of the spouses and children that applicants could bring in from abroad.

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) May 6, 2013

The Heritage study only bases its study on an estimated 11.5 million. So, yes, the cost would be higher than the $6 trillion.

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) May 6, 2013

And let’s not forget this:

If we grant another amnesty, we are going to send a message to the world that we will have recurrent amnesties. — Rector

— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) May 6, 2013


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