The Republicans have claimed that immigration reform would be a huge burden to the taxpayer. That’s one of the reasons that they’re against it, or so they say.
The CBO just blew a big hole in that argument.
The so-called Senate Gang of Eight immigration reform bill, which includes a path to citizenship for millions of the nation’s undocumented immigrants, would increase U.S. population by 10.4 million and would decrease federal budget deficits by $197 billion over the next ten years, according to a new report published Tuesday by the independent Congressional Budget Office.
CBO projects that about 8 million undocumented immigrants would seek to obtain legal status if the bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The legislation is also projected to decrease federal budget deficits by about $700 billion over the 2024-2033 period, as well as spur a net increase of 16 million to the U.S. population.
Well, I guess they’ll have to go back to scaring us with stories about terrorist babies.