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Smith: Senate Immigration Bill Costs Too Much


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today delivered the below statement on the House floor regarding the Heritage Foundation's study on the cost of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

Congressman Smith: "A new study by the Heritage Foundation warns that the Senate immigration bill would cost $6.3 trillion. That's because over their lifetime, illegal immigrants given amnesty would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits while paying $3.1 trillion in taxes.

"Government benefits include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and health care. That means each taxpayer would be forced to pay $40,000 to cover just some of the costs of the immigration bill.

"The immigration bill costs too much, has no deadline to secure the border, and hurts American workers. We should put the interests of American taxpayers and American workers first."

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