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National Academy of Sciences Study: Immigration a Massive Drain on Government

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 04:32 PM

Immigrants take as much as $296 billion more in benefits than they pay in taxes, according to a study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, The Washington Times reports.

The report, which is set to be released on Thursday, finds that immigrants lower wages for Americans, especially those workers who have to compete for jobs.

The study also finds that the newcomers do not assimilate as quckly as previous waves of immigrants did, possibly due to the heavy presence of so many others from their native land already in the U.S. that enables them to comfortably interact within the culture of their birthplace.

The report contradicts many of the claims made by proponents of immigration. President Barack Obama regularly states that newcomers benefit everyone and that "our history and the facts show that immigrants are a net plus for the economy," as he noted in an opinion piece in The Tennessean while visiting Nashville to praise the contributions of immigrants to the city.

But the National Academy study tried out eight different scenarios with varying factors, and in none of them was there a net benefit to the government, The Washington Times reports. Although the federal government sometimes came out in the plus, it was more than offset by heavy losses at the state and local levels, with the best case registering an overall $43 billion loss.

Only by the third generation did the study find that immigrants and their families boost government finances, depending on the assumptions in the varying scenarios.

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