DeMint and Rector: Immigration Reform Worsens 'Redistribution'

Image: DeMint and Rector: Immigration Reform Worsens 'Redistribution'

Monday, 06 May 2013 10:19 PM

By Greg Richter

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Saying the federal government is now in the business of redistribution, The Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint and Robert Rector argue in a Washington Post op-ed Monday that the immigration reform bill before Congress will cost Americans in their pocketbooks or by raising the national debt.

"Unlawful immigrants have relatively low earning potential because, on average, they have 10th-grade educations and low skills," they say. Such heads of households receive, on average, four times more in government services and benefits than they pay in taxes.

Heritage released a study on Monday saying that the bill will cost $6.3 trillion.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

Rather than forcing the "complicated, lengthy bill through Congress, the men suggested "piece-by-piece immigration solutions." They pressed for streamlining the legal immigration system, encouraging assimilation, and fulfillment of vows to secure borders and strengthen workplace enforcement.

Illegal immigrants already impose costs on police, hospitals, schools and other services, DeMint and Rector said. "Putting them on a path to citizenship means that within a few years, they will qualify for the full panoply of government programs: more than 80 means-tested welfare programs, as well as Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare."

An efficient, merit-based system, they say, would boost the economy and lessen the burden on taxpayers.




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Facebook
Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved