Richard Alba

The Strange Math of the Heritage Foundation's Immigration Report

The report declares that, if immigration reform were to pass with a path to citizenship for the currently undocumented, “over a lifetime, the former unlawful immigrants together would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes,” sticking taxpayers with $6.3 trillion in supposed new costs. But the true cost is a fraction of what Heritage claims.