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Report: Immigration bill cuts deficit by $197 billion in 10 years

Updated Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

The Congressional Budget Office determined late Tuesday that the Senate’s immigration bill will not add to the federal deficit in the short or the long term, enervating one of the most powerful arguments against passing immigration reform and giving Democrats something to crow about.

“This report is a huge momentum boost for immigration reform,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, a member of the "Gang of Eight" who wrote the bill, and a deputy to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “This debunks the idea that immigration reform is anything other than a boon to our economy, and robs the bill’s opponents of one of their last remaining arguments.”

The CBO, which regularly analyzes the budgetary effect of congressional legislation, estimated that passing immigration reform would save the government about $197 billion over the next 10 years (as opposed to what the deficits would look like under current law) and that in the 10 years after that, it would reduce the deficit by about $700 billion.

The CBO based its estimate largely on the projected increase in the number of immigrants whose status would be changed, enabling them to pay income and payroll taxes that would be credited to the federal government as revenue, as would any fines and fees paid for the change of status.

CBO estimates the Senate’s bill would expand the labor force by about 6 million individuals by 2023, and by about 9 million individuals by 2033. Those are increases of 3.5 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

In its estimate, the CBO assumed that at least some recipients of legal status would also receive food stamps, unemployment benefits, education loans and grants, and Medicaid and other health benefits. CBO estimated that “relatively few of the people directly affected” would qualify for Social Security retirement or disability benefits, noting that the group of individuals affected “tend to be younger and healthier than the rest of the U.S. workforce.”

The major expenses of the immigration bill, as determined by CBO, are increased spending on border security measures, prisons, immigration courts, Pell grants, and the National Guard, whom the legislation designates as a potential supplementary workforce to aid U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as federal benefits and refundable tax credits.

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  1. Report: Immigration bill cuts deficit by $197 billion in 10 years

    And in other news today, pigs were seen flying over Las Vegas and Hell has actually frozen over.

  2. What we should do is allow in 200 million more immigrants.....and according to their math that should erase the entire national deficit!

    Hey this is great news, talk about a win/win.

  3. "The CBO based it's estimates..." The CBO did not consider the COSTS, explosive costs of illegal immigration. ANOTHER amnesty would add more than $6 Trillion to the national deficit and a similar amount to local/school district budgets. 7 million jobs stolen from Americans--Blacks, minorities, all of us and THAT TRANSLATES into savings, economic stimulus? How many welfare illegals with 3-7 kids are PRODUCING anything that pays into the system? How many illegal workers PAY ANYTHING after claiming refunds for numerous kids? How many illegal immigrants even COVER THE COST OF K-12?

  4. We should have invaded Mexico instead of Iraq!

  5. If ever a time to say it's "Voodoo Math," it is now! Somehow there is something missing in this governmental equation, and that is the COSTS, as Commenter Roberta Anderson pointed out. This article seems to be saying that there is nothing but sunshine and roses by permitting ALL immigrants into our country, UNCHECKED and UNlimited, because of the aging Baby Boomers.

    So let's get this straight: the suffering of American Citizens will be NO more if we continue to have "limitless" immigration! Really?

    This economic sleight of hand, as Commenter Thomas Delahunty surmises, says we should look forward to the national debt being erased, pigs flying, and thanks to American ingenuity, Hell freezing over. Way to go, US Government. We will pass on this incredible and incredulous Hill style horse-trading. As the saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."


  6. Or we could invade Mexico and annex into the United States!

  7. County Supervisor Antonovich: L.A. COUNTY COST FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS IS 1.6 BILLION PER YEAR!


    ""With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year," said Antonovich. "These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars for education."


    LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- Year-end closing 2011 figures from the Department of Public Social Services reported that over $646 million in welfare and food stamp benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich."


    Amnesty is any legislation or act that removes the illegal status from illegal aliens and allows them to remain in these United States. Under any terms or conditions, legalization is amnesty and amnesty is legalization. Remember 1986.

    Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me.