The Heritage Foundation said Monday that legalizing illegal immigrants would cost taxpayers a net $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years — releasing a report that ignited a venomous battle over an immigration bill and who is truly representing the conservative movement in the debate.
Driving the costs in the Heritage report are simple demographics: Illegal immigrants are more likely to lack a high school education, and more than a third of households headed by illegal immigrants live below the poverty line, meaning those households consume more in services than they pay in taxes.
Heritage said legalizing them improves the situation in the short run but leaves a big hole over the longer term, when they access public health programs and, eventually, Social Security and Medicare benefits.
Over the course of a lifetime, that works out to each illegal immigrant-led household taking $592,000 more in government benefits than would be paid in taxes, said Robert Rector, the report’s chief author.
“This should be considered a minimum estimate,” Mr. Rector and co-author Jason Richwine wrote. “It probably understates real future costs because it undercounts the number of unlawful immigrants and dependents who will actually receive amnesty and underestimates significantly the future growth in welfare and medical benefits.”
I SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS WHO WAITED IN LINE AND CAME THE RIGHT WAY LIKE MY ANCESTORS!! THEY WERE SCREENED FOR DISEASES, AND IF THEY WERE SICK AT ALL, THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO COME INTO AMERICA! THEY DID NOT ACCEPT HAND OUTS OR EXPECT ANYONE ELSE TO FEED THEM. GET LEGAL OR GET OUT!! AND…IF YOU ARE NOT PAYING TAXES, THEN YOU DO NOT GET TAXPAYERS MONEY!! DEPORT THEM ALL!! IT IS NOT AMERICA’S JOB TO SUPPORT THE REST OF THE WORLD!