Thursday, February 9, 2017
Bill Targeting Legal Immigration Could Save $1.7 Trillion
At Lifezette by Brendan Kirby --
A bill offered by a pair of Senate Republicans this week to reduce immigration could save taxpayers $1.7 trillion, according to back-of-the-envelope calculations by a scholar at the Heritage Foundation.
The sponsors of the bill, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), have not estimated the fiscal impact of the proposal. But they cite models projecting that the result of eliminating an immigration diversity visa program and prohibiting new citizens from sponsoring their extended family members would reduce legal immigration by about 4.3 million people over the first 10 years.
Most of the people who come into the United States to join family members have low skills and little education, making them less likely to succeed in the U.S. economy.