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Politico: Right Shouts Down Heritage Amnesty Study

From the Politico:

Heritage Foundation: Immigration reform will cost $6.3 trillion

By David Nather | May 6, 2013

The Heritage Foundation is sounding the alarms about the cost of immigration reform again – but this time, the right is trying to shout them down.

"The right"? These critics are not quite on the right. At least not when it comes to amnesty.

On Monday, the conservative think tank released a new study warning that the immigration bill by the Senate Gang of Eight would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion in new spending on entitlements and social programs. It’s an update of a 2007 Heritage study that helped derail the last immigration reform bill that year.

Within hours, high-profile Republicans and conservative thinkers were telling the rest of the GOP not to listen to Heritage.

Paul Ryan said the study ignored the economic growth that would be created by immigration reform. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an influential conservative analyst, agreed and wrote a National Review blog post arguing that conservatives should think of the economic impact and upward mobility for future generations of immigrants.

And Haley Barbour called it a “political document” that was designed to create alarming headlines – largely by trying to predict the costs over 50 years…

But Heritage is unfazed – because it says Congress should look out for the interests of the taxpayers.

“It’s clear that any number of people in Washington who would benefit from amnesty, as well as some members of Congress, do not want to consider the costs,” former Sen. Jim DeMint, Heritage’s new president, said at a press conference. “No sensible thinking person could read this study and conclude that over 50 years they could have a positive economic impact.”

Over their lifetime, Heritage says, newly legal immigrants would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits under the Gang of Eight bill – including Social Security and Medicare, social programs like Medicaid and food stamps, and new health coverage under Obamacare – while paying back $3.1 trillion in taxes…

Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute said the new Heritage study makes “the same fundamental errors that their previous study did: They do not consider that increased legal immigration will increase the size of the U.S. economy and thus increase tax revenues – contrary to an overwhelming contrary consensus in the economics literature.”

Cato? They are practically for open borders. Cato even praised Obama’s executive order last year, giving amnesty to illegal alien ‘children’ of 30 and younger.

Republicans, backed by conservative analysts like Douglas Holtz-Eakin, have already launched pre-emptive strikes against the new Heritage study. They’ve circulated studies that show immigration reform will create economic growth, which would largely cancel out any new costs…

Most economists, on the right and the left, insist that immigration reform would be more or less a wash, because immigrants would be paying taxes during their working years that would help support Social Security and social programs like food stamps and housing aid.

Then most economists are wrong. The vast majority of these immigrants will be part of the 47% who pay no income tax. They will, instead, get money back through various ‘earned income credit’ schemes. So they will be contributing no more tax money than they already do, via sales tax.

Heritage, however, insists that the average immigrant never has a stage where his or her contributions outweigh the social costs.

“Regrettably, this is not true. At every stage of the life cycle, unlawful immigrants, on average, generate fiscal deficits,” the report states. “Unlawful immigrants, on average, are always tax consumers; they never once generate a ‘fiscal surplus’ that can be used to pay for government benefits elsewhere in society.”

Again, just look at California.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Politico: Right Shouts Down Heritage Amnesty Study”

  1. Petronius says:

    We will immigrate our way to prosperity.

    Of course if Cato, Paul Ryan, Larry Kudlow, and all the rest of the shills for big business and the cheap labor crowd were right — if it were really true that more people meant more prosperity — then Bangladesh would be Utopia and the streets of Port-au-Prince would be paved with gold.

    • SinCity says:

      I’ve often said that this is all Central and South America (but not limited to, just the vast majority) is exporting their peasant class to the USA, to cure their own social ills. As well as collect all the cash that finds its way outside our borders sent by those same illegals. But I’m just cynical I guess.

  2. canary says:

    Obama speech transcript excerpts in Mexico on May 3, 2013

    Remarks by the President to the People of Mexico – Anthropology Museum – Mexico City, Mexico

    THE PRESIDENT: Hola! (Applause.) Buenos dias! Please, please, everybody have a seat. It is wonderful to be back in México — lindo y querido. (Applause.) I bring with me the greetings and friendship of the people of the United States, including tens of millions of proud Mexican Americans. (Applause.)

    And as a proud father, I have to say that Malia’s Spanish is getting very good. It helps that she’s smarter than I am. (no laughter no applause)

    And it’s an honor to be back in Mexico City — one of the world’s great cities. Es un placer estar entre amigos. (Applause.)

    And it’s fitting that we gather at this great museum, which celebrates Mexico’s ancient civilizations and their achievements in arts and architecture, medicine and mathematics.
    (It worked in Cairo)

    Despite all the bonds and the values that we share, despite all the people who claim heritage on both sides, our attitudes sometimes are trapped in old stereotypes.

    Some Americans only see the Mexico that is depicted in sensational headlines of violence and border crossings.

    And let’s admit it, some Mexicans think that America disrespects Mexico, or thinks that America is trying to impose itself on Mexican sovereignty, or just wants to wall ourselves off.

    And in both countries such distortions create misunderstandings that make it harder for us to move forward together.

    So I’ve come to Mexico because I think it’s time for us to put the old mind-sets aside. It’s time to recognize new realities — including the impressive progress of today’s Mexico. (Applause.)

    And, in fact, I see a Mexico that’s lifted millions of people from poverty. Because of the sacrifices of generations, a majority of Mexicans now call themselves middle class, with a quality of life that your parents and grandparents could only dream of. This includes, by the way, opportunities for women, who are proving that when you give women a chance, they will shape “our” destiny just as well as men, if not better. (Applause.)

    I also see in Mexico’s youth an empowered generation because of technology. I think I see some of you tweeting right now — (laughter) — what’s happening. (Laughter.)

    Mexico is sharing expertise with neighbors across the Americas.

    Just as Mexico is being transformed, so are the ties between our two countries.

    As President, I’ve been guided by a basic proposition —

    in this relationship there’s no senior partner or junior partner;
    we are two equal partners, two sovereign nations.

    Now, as equal partners, both our nations must recognize our mutual responsibilities.

    And in the United States, we recognize our responsibilities.

    We understand that much of the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico, for which many so Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States… (Applause.)

    And we also recognize that …most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico….. come from the United States.” (Applause.)

    I think many of you know that in America,…. our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms,

    and as President I swore an oath to uphold that right and I always will.

    But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States,

    I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.

    That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do. (Applause.)

    And this includes recognizing how the United States has been strengthened by the extraordinary contributions of immigrants from Mexico and by Americans of Mexican heritage. (Applause.)

    Mexican Americans enrich our communities, including my hometown of Chicago, where you can walk through neighborhoods like Pilsen, Little Village — La Villita — dotted with murals of Mexican patriots. You can stop at a fonda, you can hear some mariachis, where we are inspired by the deep faith of our peoples at churches like Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    We’ve got a Chicagoan in here somewhere. (Applause.)

    And we’re so grateful to Mexican Americans in every segment of our society — for teaching our children, and running our companies, and serving with honor in our military, and making breakthroughs in science, standing up for social justice.

    As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told Cesar Chavez once, we are “brothers in the fight for equality.”

    And, in fact,
    without the strong support of Latinos, including so many Mexican Americans,
    I would not be standing today as President of the United States. (Applause.) That’s the truth.

    It deprives us of the talents of so many young people — even though we know that immigrants have always been the engine of our economy, starting some of our greatest companies and pioneering new industries.

    Reform that continues to strengthen border security and strengthen legal immigration, so citizens don’t have to wait years to bring their families to the United States. Reform that holds everyone accountable — so immigrants get on the right side of the law and so immigrants are not exploited and abused. And most of all, reform that gives millions of undocumented individuals a pathway to earn their citizenship. And I’m optimistic that — after years of trying — we are going to get it done this year. I’m absolutely convinced of it. (Applause.)

    And so I firmly believe — juntos, podemos lograr más — together, we can achieve more. (Applause.) So with the remainder of my time today, I want to focus on five areas where we can do more.

    So every day, U.S. and Mexican workers are building things together — whether it’s crafts — or whether it’s cars, or aircraft, or computers, or satellites.

    I think this is only the beginning. Given the skills of our workers, it makes even more sense for companies around the world to set up shop in the United States and set up shop in Mexico.

    Number three, as we secure our economic future, let’s secure our energy future, including the clean energy that we need to combat climate change. Our nations are blessed with boundless natural beauty — from our coastlines and farmlands to your tropical forests. But climate change is happening. The science is undeniable. And so is the fact that our economies must become greener.

    Number four — and this is part of staying competitive — let’s do more together in education so our young people have the knowledge and skills to succeed. (Applause.) Here in Mexico you’ve made important progress, with more children staying in school longer, and record numbers of students like you getting a university education. Just imagine how much the students of our two countries could do together, how much we could learn from each other.

    And that’s why President Peña Nieto and I announced a new partnership in higher education — to encourage more collaboration between our universities and our university students. (Applause.) Because when we study together, and we learn together, we work together, and we prosper together — that’s what I believe. (Applause.)

    So, together, let’s remember that every dollar, every peso that we invest in research and development returns so much more to our economies in jobs and opportunity, new products, new services. That’s why I’m calling for us to forge new partnerships in aerospace, and IT,

    Sometimes young people are known as just consumers of goods, but we want young people creating the new products, the next big thing that will change how we live our lives.

    You are the dream that can stand up for justice and human rights and human dignity, here at home and around the world. You’re the creators and the builders and the climbers and the strivers who can deliver progress and prosperity that will lift up not just the Mexican people for generations to come, but the entire world.

    You’re the men and women who will push this nation upwards as Mexico assumes its rightful place, as you proudly sing: “in heaven your eternal destiny was written by the finger of God.”

    You are the dream. This is your moment. And as you reach for the future, always remember that you have the greatest of partners, the greatest if friends — the nation that is rooting for your success more than anybody else — your neighbor, the United States of America. (Applause.)

    Viva México! Viva los Estados Unidos! Que Dios los bendiga! Thank you very much. (Applause.)



  3. GetBackJack says:

    My expectation is even this study is off by a decimal point.

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