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The Cost Of Amnesty For Illegal Aliens

Dream Act of 2019
Setting aside for a moment the cultural and quality of life costs of the illegal alien invasion, one of the biggest cons Democrats and the open borders crowd have tried to pull on the American people is that open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens are somehow good for the economy and that we need millions of immigrants to support government programs, such as Social Security.

Last week, the Democrats’ own Congressional Budget Office released a letter showing that H.R. 2820, the Dream Act of 2019, as reported out of Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee will increase budget deficits by $26.3 billion over the 2020-2029 period. The letter says on-budget deficits would increase by $31.0 billion, and off-budget deficits would decrease by $4.8 billion over that period. The letter points out that, according to congressional spending rules, the so-called pay-as-you-go procedures apply and the “pay-go” effects are equal to the change in on-budget deficits.

CBO estimates that H.R. 2820 would provide lawful immigration status and work authorization to more than 2 million people “who otherwise would be physically present in the United States without such legal authority.”

Enacting the bill would affect direct spending because becoming legal permanent residents automatically confers eligibility for federal benefits to these heretofore illegal aliens. Those benefits include health insurance (Obamacare) subsidies and benefits under Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps) and other such taxpayer-funded goodies.

And now here’s the kicker, the newly legalized former illegal aliens would naturally pay payroll taxes and individual and corporate income taxes – and also become eligible for refundable tax credits – there would also be some fees collected and accounted for as revenue under that bill.

Remember, the projected increase in direct spending is estimated to be $28.8 billion over the 2020-2029 period – over that same period, CBO estimates that the bill would increase revenues, on net, by just $2.5 billion – a decline in on-budget revenues of $2.9 billion and an increase in off-budget revenue of $5.5 billion.

Short version: Take on obligations of $26.3 billion, get income of only $2.5 billion.

And, H.R. 2821, the American Promise Act of 2019, is just as bad, it only costs less because it amnesties fewer aliens.

In the form it passed Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee, the bill would increase budget deficits by $8.3 billion over the 2020-2029 period; on-budget deficits would increase by $7.9 billion, and off-budget deficits would increase by $0.4 billion over the period. Again, “pay-go” procedures apply, and the pay-as-you-go effects are equal to the change in on-budget deficits.

As with H.R. 2820, cited above, the aliens covered by H.R. 2821would become eligible for federal benefits to these heretofore illegal aliens. Those benefits include health insurance (Obamacare) subsidies and benefits under Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps) and other such taxpayer-funded goodies.

And it is estimated that, after becoming eligible for $8.8 billion in benefits, over that same period the aliens covered by H.R. 2821 would increase revenues, on net, by $0.5 billion – a decline of on-budget revenues of $0.4 billion and an increase in off-budget revenues of $1.0 billion.

Short version: Take on obligations of $8.8 billion, get paltry $0.5 billion in return.

Bottom line: The Democrats’ amnesty bills would add obligations of $35.1 billion to the deficit, while returning only $3 billion in new revenue.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Representative (the toll-free Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044), tell your Representative you oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, and demand that they vote NO on H.R. 2820 and H.R. 2821, the Democrats’ latest proposal to grant amnesty to drug addicts, gang members, prostitutes, human smugglers, public charges and other aliens no rational government would admit to our country. Tell your Representative giving amnesty to illegal aliens and adding obligations of $35.1 billion to the deficit, while returning only $3 billion in new revenue is a bad deal for America.

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Amnesty Bills HR 2820 and HR 2821

This is simple Richard.

Every legislator in DC is violating their oath of office.

Our existential law is expressed in the preamble; five words "provide for the common defence" and Article IV Section 4 clause 2 seven words "shall protect each of them against invasion". We the People must prohibit law breakers from making law.