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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Do the Math

Source: LA Times
From a congressional hearing on immigration this week...

Other studies, including one by the Congressional Budget Office, have concluded that illegal immigrants who gained citizenship would spur economic activity and increase tax collections, pushing federal revenues up $75 billion over 10 years.
Time and time again I hear the open borders crowd cite figures like this. $75 billion over 10 years sounds pretty good. It's also, however, only half of the equation.

Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said passage of the Senate bill would cost taxpayers at least $16 billion a year.
Crunching the numbers on my trusty abacus, here's what I come up with:

$160 billion ($16 billion cost per year for ten years)
MINUS
$75 billion (increased federal revenue)
EQUALS
The American people screwed to the tune of $85 billion

You do the math.

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