Immigration Bill Would Cost Taxpayer’s $6.3 Trillion, Conservative Group Says

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2013)--The conservative Heritage Foundation says in a new report that the bipartisan immigration legislation pending in the U.S. Senate would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion.

The study from the Republican-led group, which is opposed to an immigration overhaul, is sure to come under fire.

The libertarian-leaning Cato Institute called it "fatally flawed."

Critics say it doesn't measure economic boosts from the bill.

Heritage said the costs come from more than $9 trillion in government benefits to newly legalized immigrants over their lifetimes, only partially offset by $3 trillion they would pay in taxes.

During Congress' last immigration debate, in 2007, a Heritage report said the bill under consideration at the time would cost $2.6 trillion.

The conclusion was criticized, but carried weight with Republicans and the bill was defeated.

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