Earlier today, 100 conservative economists endorsed the immigration reform bill passing through the Senate, and opposed by the Heritage Foundation. The LA Times took a cheap shot on the conservative think-tank for what is now known to be unsubstantiated claims that the researcher used racist slurs in a research report some years back. The Heritage Foundation responded today with a bullet point Blog post defending their research and their position.
The Blog Introduction:
American taxpayers cannot afford the cost of amnesty.
The cost of illegal immigration and amnesty could amount to $6.3 trillion, which would fall on American taxpayers over the long term, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis. As Heritage showed, the majority of illegal immigrants receiving amnesty would receive far more in taxpayer-funded benefits than they would pay in taxes. Even critics of the Heritage study admit amnesty will cost trillions of dollars. Whether it is $4 trillion, $6 trillion or more, the additional costs to the U.S. taxpayer are still too high.
– Richard D. Baris @Peoples_Pundit
READ Entire response by Rachel SheffieldMay 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm(5)