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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

$285 BILLION

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The Center for American Progress has published a new report showing that this is what it would cost to rid the country of the estimated 10,000,000 illegally present immigrants in the US.

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  1. Jim's Avatar
    "In fact, a recent study by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center demonstrates how legalization of undocumented immigrants and more flexible immigration channels would significantly expand the economy--by a cumulative $1.5 trillion in gross domestic product over 10 years--through increased consumer spending, higher tax receipts, and other related factors. A deportation approach, by contrast, would have the cumulative effect of draining $2.5 trillion over 10 years from the U.S. economy. That is a $4 trillion swing in GDP depending on which policy approach we adopt.

    Once policymakers in Congress and their constituents across the country weigh the unrealistic five-year immigration enforcement costs of pursuing a deportation-only strategy--$285 billion--against the progressive alternative they will recognize once and for all that mass deportation is fiscally untenable."


    I think the $285 billion price tag is also a very conservative estimate since it presumes that they get everyone on the 5 year time period. That's not going to happen. That estimate also presumes the 10.8 million illegals estimate is accurate.

    The recent giving of TPS to Haitians a few months ago should give everyone a rough idea that there are going to be a lot more illegals than any best estimates. It also clearly shows
    that giving them some form of tool to get documented in one form or another is an effective way to lure them out of the shadows and doing mass deportations would only do the exact opposite.

    And this report also clearly shows that mass deportation is a loose-loose situation while legalization is going to be a win-win situation. Draining $2.5 trillion over 10 years instead of gaining $1.5 trillion is such a lopsided swing.

    Not to mention, maybe HC insurance premiums may actually go lower and/or the 2014 timeline for the full effects of HCR to be felt may come earlier because of the sudden influx of millions of eligible payers to be added to the pool.

  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    Yeah but it costs $0.00 to maintain the status quo and DC seems to be pretty happy with that....
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