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CBO Report: Most Foreigners Now Living in US Since 1920

By    |   Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:03 PM

A new congressional report places the number of foreign-born people in the United States at its highest in nearly a century — and President Barack Obama's executive immigration orders could raise these numbers dramatically and have a devastating impact on the federal budget, an immigration expert told Newsmax on Thursday.

"This is the black-and-white acknowledgment that the nature of immigration that we have been experiencing … does have a very significant effect on federal spending," said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

The illegals covered by the actions Obama announced in November would most likely affect such social services as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and Obamacare.

"This report confirms what many already were worried about, which is the cost to the taxpayer" of immigration, Vaughan said.

According to the report by the Congressional Budget Office, more than 41 million foreign-born people lived in the United States in 2012, comprising about 13 percent of the total population of 314 million.

The figure represents the largest share of non-U.S.-born people living in the country since 1920, the report said.

Of that number, 19 million were legal immigrants — and of the 22 million who were "noncitizens," as many as 11 million were illegals, according to the report.

"Those in the country illegally include people who originally entered without authorization as well as those who remain in the country after such authorization has expired," the report said.

The CBO analysis comes as the Republican-controlled Congress heads toward a showdown with Obama over the orders he announced Nov. 20 in a prime-time speech on cable television.

The House on Wednesday approved amendments to legislation providing $39.7 billion for the Department of Homeland Security that would roll back Obama's orders. That includes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Obama created in 2012 to defer deportations to illegals brought to the United States as children.

The Senate is expected to take up the bill next week. The White House has said that Obama will veto the legislation if it makes it to his desk.

The CBO report only analyzes how Obama's executive orders might affect the federal budget, which currently is being financed through a continuing resolution appropriating $1 trillion that Congress passed in December. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, 2015.

The document examined how the actions would affect the costs of such services as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pell grants and federal students loans, unemployment insurance, tax credits, and subsidies under Obamacare.

While the report concluded that costs for these programs would increase with the president's orders, those expenses would be offset by increased tax revenues that would come from more immigrants becoming legal and paying taxes.

Regarding granting legal status to those in the U.S. illegally, for instance, the report said that "over time, such changes in status might increase spending for a variety of federal benefits …"

However, "legalization policies might result in increased tax revenues, stemming mostly from taxes on higher wages that workers may earn as a result of attaining legal status and taxes from increased reporting of employment income by workers who are currently not paying taxes," the report concludes.

But Vaughan slammed that premise as being too optimistic.

"That's a huge assumption that may not come true," she said. "People who may get work permits through the president's executive action may have work permits, may have the ability to stay here, but they're not magically going to be more skilled or more qualified for other jobs. Their wages are not necessarily going to go up.

"In addition, they may not be so quick to move onto the books," Vaughan continued. "That's a big unknown: What's going to happen with all these people who have been using false documents — trying to start using a different identity and get right with the law?

"It's not going to be very easy to sort out. It's very optimistic to assume that more taxes are going to be paid necessarily, and especially, it's risky to assume that incomes are going to go up dramatically."

Referencing Obamacare, Vaughan added that healthcare remains the big "wild card" in the entire federal budget puzzle.

"We're still absorbing this huge reform in healthcare," she said, and "to impose a huge increase on the number of users and people who are going to be dependent on those programs could be quite consequential.

"It seems especially risky to talk about increasing immigration in a huge way when we don't know what impact that might have on our healthcare delivery system.

"We still are trying to figure out what the impact is even without massive increases in immigration," Vaughan said. "We know that it's getting more expensive — and then to add more people who are likely to be dependent on subsidies will dramatically affect the cost of providing healthcare."

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