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Jim DeMint on the Immigration Bill’s Crushing $6.3 Trillion Tab

Today on Fox News, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint discussed Heritage’s new report on the cost of amnesty, which will be crushing to taxpayers now and in the future.  Later this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, and it is essential that they consider the massive costs to taxpayers of this bill.

Previewing the now-released report, DeMint said:

I read it over the weekend, and it makes it abundantly clear… the number over a fifty year lifespan of an amnesty for unlawful immigrants is $6.3 trillion to the American taxpayer.  And we know over time that this is going to increase more debt, increase taxes.  That has a depressing effect on our economy, and we know that unlawful immigrants, once they have amnesty, are to replace the jobs of many Americans and depress their salaries. 

In response to the idea that unlawful immigrants who are given amnesty will not be able to receive benefits for roughly 13 years, DeMint stated:

I’ll believe that when I see it.  Congress is notorious for not counting the costs and not keeping their promises.  Even if they follow through, unlawful immigrants are already receiving many benefits.  A lot of their children are legal American citizens, whether it’s public education or Medicaid… When the life expectancy of unlawful immigrants goes another 50 years, once they get on Social Security and Medicare,  the average cost of an unlawful immigrant is hundreds of thousands of dollars.  That’s a net cost. They pay some taxes, but what they take out of the tax system is much, much greater and the total is 6.3 trillion dollars over that next 50 year period.

He added:

Unless immigrants have a college education or better, they’re going to be a net drain on the taxpayer.

In no way is the Senate’s amnesty bill good for America.

Read the Heritage report.

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  • fedupMan

    Keep the facts a coming.
    I love “getting in the face of libs” with facts that will affect their $ as in taxes.
    The prob is the low info votes are not paying attention and the loafers only want more goodies.

    Sadly the Dems are always ready to use FREE STUFF to bribe them for more votes to keep them of office.

    • Poppo

      The masses scream “We Want More, We Want More”. The demonrats are happy to oblige. Some of the repuglicrats too……
      So the circle tightens, crushing us in as surely as a python would.

  • James Maxwell

    This is not immigration reform nor is it amnesty but nothing more than an attempt
    by some corrupt and mindless politicos attempt to buy votes so they can stay
    in office and continue their corruption upon the American public. Citizenship
    in the United States of American is prized even with the socialist in office that
    we have today. But if you have not worked for it and earned it then it means
    nothing to anyone. The only time something has value to a person is when
    they have earned it thru hard work and sweat. There can be no amnesty for
    Criminal Illigal Aliens, they have broken the law and do not deserve any
    “special” consideration at any point. Those who were born on American soil
    or came here at a very early age are a different matter and that requires a
    different set of considerations and study to see if they qualify for consideration
    for either a resident alien card or possible allowing them to apply for citizenship.

  • iShrug

    If Sen. Marco Rubio continues to promote this plan, he can forget any ideas about running for President. I really admire him, and he would have been high on my list to support. There is nothing wrong with being idealistic, and having fresh ideas. But I cannot support a naive candidate.

    I have even heard some say, that Sen. Rubio was specifically chosen for the “Gang of Eight,” in order to wreck his political career. This actually seems like a plausible scenario to me. Wow. How did I become so jaded?

    • Poppo

      You probably became jaded by listening to the facts, not the spin. You should not be allowed to vote, as you have gone astray from the lemmings.
      There is nothing worse than an informed voter.

      • iShrug

        I guess someone saw me reading my ballot…busted! LOL

  • BIG LOU

    Who ever would give amnesty to 11million criminals,was born a idiot.Whoever votes for it,I hope your relatives ,that are in the cemetery,come back and haunt you forever.You idiots in Washington have ruined this country. You people are a disgrace to a real American.NO GOOD DEMARATS

    • CA. Kid

      Good Man ….BIG LOU…….you’re the Man.

  • 2chestnuts

    Hey, people of CA WAKE UP! We are going down a financial sink hole and our 2 senators are leading the way. Passing the Gang of 8 immigration bill will only put more financial burdon on our children and grand children. Those who vote for this or support it have no moral courage and really need to be removed from any political office ASAP!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.adargo John Adargo

    This is not a fight between Democrats and Republicans or any other Party. We Americans need to look past party lines and realize that this Amnesty Bill will surely ruin America. We need to contact our Senators and all our friends to do the same. Vote NO on Amnesty. These Illegal Immigrants have broken the Law. They come here for a better life, for sure, but it must be EARNED. This would be a slap in the face to all who have gone through the proper channels to become citizens Legally. Why would any of you people want a bunch of third world people coming into your neighborhoods and living free off Welfare, Food Stamps and all the other Government Freebies? This is JUST WRONG. Get off your lazy ASSES and call or email your Senators to reject this insane idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Fuller/1290373399 George Fuller

    Note: It doesn’t matter if it a citizen, legal immigrant or illegal alien with amnesty, if the have less than a HS diploma they will get back $3 in welfare for every dollar they put in. DOn’t you think we should stop importing ready made poverty………we have enough here with over 50% of black kids and Hispanics dropping out of HS…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/ana.maus Ana Maus

    This cost is only figured out counting the 11 million illegals they have been telling us are here for years, but judging by what happen with past amnesties, we know this number is more like 33 millions or more, so do your math.
    We cant afford this bill at all and rewarding illegal behavior, only brings more of the same, any way.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.britton.14 Donald Britton

    For six trillion we could buy Mexico and have enough left over to buy Cuba.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1823037829 Dorr Bundy

    All of the ones I know send half of their benefits and wages home, then move back.

  • Ron Miller Sr., USN Ret.

    It would be a lot easier to respond to “call, write or fax your congressman” if you included a letter we could copy for that purpose.

  • Laura Truesdale

    PLEASE SET UP A LETTER/PETTITION THAT WE COULD ALL SIGN, AS WELL AS FORWARD ALONG TO OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SIGN AS WELL!!! Also, a link to a site to find your local congressmen’s phone #’s would be helpful. This would make a hugh difference in terms of the practical success of this effort!!! -Thank You

    • CMY

      URGENT * Great Idea !!! Petition ASAP….

    • http://heritageaction.com/author/nyellis/ Nathanael Yellis

      Laura, great idea. Visit heritageaction.com/congress to find that information and get started.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiffany.toothick Tiffany Lee TooThick

    NumbersUSA has free faxes you can send to members in your state….

  • David Lakatos

    In the old day’s the Immigrant’s that came to America had to be able to take care of themselves. These day’s they come to America to be taken care of.

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  • Poppo

    1 Samuel 8:

    10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the
    people who asked him for a king. 11 And he said, “This will be the behavior of the
    king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his
    own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. 14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. 16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, a and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. 18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”

  • Janet

    Enough people have received amnesty. No More. We need to make people go back to their countries who are here illegally. No other country would allow this invasion. We are out of money and cannot afford free food, housing, education, health care, welfare and medicaid for millions of aliens. Subsidies should not be a part in immigration to America. No baby should be given automatic citizenship. It is a priviledge not a right to become a citizen. Our boarders should be protected like North and South Korea. Illegal immigration should be a felony and all who violate immigration policy should be documented and deported to Mexican (appropriate country) prisons. We have an immigration process and its purpose is to assimilate people to be Americans who are a part of the dream not an ethnic group seeking rights for the hispatincs, africans, islams, chineese, etc. We need a system to track where people on visas, green cards and work permits are at all times and remove them when these documents or requirements are not being met to continue residing in the US. NO TO AMNESTY

  • robert

    could our chicken sk— congress infroce our constitution and stop the immigrants that do not come in our country legal,you have no rigth to step on our constitution ,the law is the law it is call the constitution,the only thing you guys want are votes ,could you do your jobs ,and not for votes,it is call getting paid to do your job,not to get votes,but to vote for what is rigth,even if you lose votes ,you become an american ,and what a good feeling doing the rigth thing!do the rigth thing for God,country,fiamily,i would lose my job to do the rigth thing!!

  • robert

    mexicans at frist was good working people,but they learn how to work the system,more blacks showed them how to get food stamps,have their babies free,live on welfare,act hurt and draw s/s,get free doctor care,free drugs,go to colleag,and other education for lillte or no cost,our kids have to borrow money to go to the same schools and pay full cost.we have to hire teachers to teach them engish

  • eggsterguy

    Jim, the Dems and RINOS are already trying to diminish your effectiveness at Heritage. Even Paul Ryan (WT_?). Don’t let them have the last word. We cant bear another Obamacare. Expose and publicize the hidden pork on as many main stream news outlets as you can. We are counting on you.

  • Dieter Benz

    We attended a citizenship swearing in ceremony for a well deserving employee from the Ukraine. We were astonished by what we witnessed before the ceremony began.

    Government bureaucrats encouraged attendees to accept packets being handed out so they could take advantage of entitlement programs, food stamps, Social Security disability, etc. and also encourage relatives to come to America and take advantage of these same programs. We wouldn’t have believed it if we hadn’t been there ourselves. It truly made us sick.

  • vir

    Immigration already have laws in place, they need to enforce our laws. Illegal immigration means that illegal, they broke the law. Amnesty should also be illegal too because Americans didn’t asked them to come to our country.

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  • Dee

    seems to me that you can’t trust any of the senate or congress.

  • Truthplez

    Suggesting that we burden our economy with an amnesty program that will force unemployment, masses into government-run Obamacare, and destroy our healthcare as we now know it, mocks US citizens to be the blind sheep Obama labeled us.

    • iwasillegal

      america is fuc***ed forever once this bill passes. beginning of end of WHITE AMERICANS…Illegals become legals can sponsor their whole family get them in USA lot of my illegal friends across USA have family members back home they are waiting to bring to USa…1 illegal = 5 – 7 on average

  • iwasillegal

    america is fuc***ed forever once this bill passes. beginning of end of WHITE AMERICANS…

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