With amnesty, unlawful immigrants would become lawful—and become eligible for Obamacare benefits, Social Security, welfare, and Medicare. Rector and Richwine’s study addresses the costs as they would accrue after the Gang of Eight’s waiting period for benefits:
Heritage Report on Cost of Amnesty for Illegals by Barbara Espinosa
After 13 years, unlawful immigrants would become eligible for means-tested welfare and Obamacare. At that point or shortly thereafter, former unlawful immigrant households would likely begin to receive government benefits at the same rate as lawful immigrant households of the same education level. As a result, government spending and fiscal deficits would increase dramatically.This isn’t the only way to reform immigration. As DeMint and Rector write in The Washington Post, “A properly structured lawful immigration system holds the potential to drive positive economic growth and job creation. But amnesty for those here unlawfully is not necessary to capture those benefits.”
It is a “false choice,” DeMint said, for people to say that amnesty is necessary to immigration reform.
The American people deserve to hear all sides of this debate—they don’t deserve a gang of Senators pushing through an Obamacare-style bill in the back rooms of Washington.
“Let’s unite the American people by doing this in public, one piece at a time,” DeMint said. “You don’t have to do the amnesty to get all the benefits of reform