U.S. think tank says immigrant amnesty would worsen deficits – Yahoo! News
By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Granting legal status to 11 million undocumented foreigners living in the United States would significantly add to government budget deficits, according to a study released on Monday by the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Heritage, a think tank headed by former Senator Jim DeMint, has assumed a leading role in opposition to a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration bill being considered by the U.S. Senate. It is only the first of what is expected to be a flurry of competing studies attempting to influence the upcoming immigration debate.
… The study said that over the course of their lives, these undocumented immigrants-turned-citizens would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay only $3.1 trillion in taxes. The government benefits and services include healthcare, Social Security, public education, aid to low-income families and a range of other programs.