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Thanks to Jeff Sessions, CBO Scores Immigration Bill for 20 Years, Finds It Reduces Deficit By Almost $1 Trillion

Congratulations, Jeff Sessions–you got your wish! For weeks now, the junior Senator from Alabama — and leading anti-immigrant voice in the Senate — has been complaining about the upcoming Congressional Budget Office score for the Senate Gang of 8 bill.  The CBO usually scores a bill for 10 years, which Sessions didn’t think would be … Continue reading »

Sen. Jeff Sessions Already Worried CBO Score Won't Reflect His View of Immigrants

Immigrants contribute more in to Medicare than they take out, and the Gang of 8 immigration bill would help keep Social Security afloat.  But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), immigration reform opponent extraordinaire, is still obsessed with finding a way—any way—to prove that immigrants are a drain on society. Sometime in the next few weeks, the … Continue reading »

Harvard Medical School Study: Immigrants Contribute Surplus to Medicare

A Harvard Medical School study has found that immigrants have contributed billions of dollars more to Medicare in recent years than they have taken out, thus helping to shore up the longevity of the program. From 2002 to 2009, the study finds, immigrants contributed $115 billion more to Medicare than they took out, while native-born … Continue reading »

More Than 100 Top Conservative Economists Send Letter to Congress Supporting Immigration Reform

More than 100 influential conservative economists today released an open letter to Congressional leadership calling for immigration reform and highlighting its economic benefits.  The letter’s signers comprised a who’s who of notable conservative economists, including Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Art Laffer, Glenn Hubbard, Ed Lazear, Larry Lindsey, June O’Neill, George Schultz and more (many of whom have served in the Bush … Continue reading »

And, This: "The Senate Immigration Bill Will Help Improve Social Security’s Long-Term Solvency"

As the mark-up of the Senate immigration begins in the Judiciary Committee tomorrow, advocates for reform got some very significant news today on the economic benefits of the bill. Via the WSJ’s Washington Wire: The Senate immigration bill will help improve Social Security’s long-term solvency and reduce the number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally, … Continue reading »

Did Democratic Party Operatives Recruit the Leading Opponents of Immigration Reform?

As the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of 8 immigration bill moves toward markup later this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee, immigration reform opponents are increasingly public and vocal. Current Heritage Foundation president and former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), whose reputation as a researcher is, um, questionable, is claiming reform will cost zillions and zillions over decades and decades. … Continue reading »

Sen. Jeff Flake Denounces Heritage Foundation Study on Economics of Immigration Reform

During the 2006-2007 immigration reform debates, the Heritage Foundation and its senior research fellow, Robert Rector, famously released a report claiming that the legislation being considered would cost the US economy $2.6 trillion.  The study then helped sink immigration reform, and the Heritage Foundation this month tried to reprise that strategy by releasing a similar … Continue reading »

New CAP Report: The Economic Effects of Immigration Reform

Following recent debates on immigration, legalization, and citizenship sparked by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeb Bush, the Center for American Progress today held a panel and released a report on the economic benefits of immigration reform that creates a pathway to citizenship. Entitled “The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented … Continue reading »

Silicon Valley Plans "Virtual March for Immigration Reform"

Labor unions, business leaders, faith denominations, law enforcement, and conservative pundits and lawmakers have all joined a coalition of voices pushing for immigration reform this year.  The tech industry–with its particular interest in more H-1B visas for high-skilled tech workers–is coming onboard too, this week announcing a “virtual march for immigration reform” designed to pressure lawmakers … Continue reading »