The Senate Judicial Committee is voting on the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform bill this Thursday.
The last time Congress tried to pass immigration reform was in 2007. The debate came to a halt when the conservative Heritage Foundation released a report that stated immigration legislation would cost Americans $2.6 trillion. The legislation did not make it past the Senate.
Today, the Heritage Foundation issued a report stating the immigration bill would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion.
At a press conference this morning, the head of the Heritage Foundation, former senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), said the following:
“Amnesty will only make the problem worse in the future. We contend, especially after this study, that amnesty is unfair to those who come here lawfully, and it will cost the American tax payer trillions of dollars over the next several decades and will make our immigration problem worse. We should not repeat past mistakes by offering the promise of amnesty with only promises of solutions. We need a piece-by-piece approach, a merit-based, selective, lawful immigration system that benefits everyone.”
Conservatives pushing for the Gang of 8 Immigration Bill are rejecting the report.
The currently Democratic-led Senate, is set to take the bill up on Thursday, but all of the amendments have to be filed by tomorrow at 5 p.m.
If the bill passes in the Senate, the bill is then going to the House of Representatives where it could be stopped. A bipartisan group of Representatives is working on their own immigration reform. However, their plan is to make smaller, single-issue bills.
President Obama is in support of a comprehensive immigration reform: one large bill that addresses all the immigration issues that need to be changed. Obama supports the Senate Gang of 8 immigration bill.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants