Critics Doubt Immigration Overhaul Would Cost Trillions

The conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation is out with a new report today predicting sky-high costs – to the tune of $6.3 trillion – associated with the legalization of about 11 million undocumented immigrants if the “Gang of Eight” bill becomes law.

The report, “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer,” is sure to be fodder for conservative lawmakers concerned about the political costs of supporting an immigration bill.

The “Gang of 8″ immigration proposal proposes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and beefs up border security. It was released in April by a bipartisan group of Democratic and Republican senators, including Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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