In an op-ed published last week in the Daily Caller, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) endorsed The Heritage Foundation report on the true cost of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Six-point-three trillion dollars is a staggering number, but it was calculated using very reasonable assumptions. No one knows how many illegal immigrants are in this country, but the lowest estimate (barely above the number counted by the census) is 11.5 million — the number Rector used. In other words, $6.3 trillion is the floor, not the ceiling, for amnesty’s cost.
[Heritage expert Robert] Rector’s unassailable method is the only holistic approach available to policymakers, and it would be irresponsible to ignore it in favor of approaches that consider only a few variables.
King cited Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman: “You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.”
Do you think American taxpayers can afford to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants?