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King Commends Heritage's Rector Report


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Steve King released the following statement to recognize The Heritage Foundation's study written by Robert Rector and Dr. Jason Richwine, entitled "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer:"

"The report issued today by the Heritage Foundation reveals the astonishing overall net cost of amnesty for illegal aliens- $6.3 trillion," said King. "If there are objective rational proponents for the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill, they should read Rector's report. If they are objective, they will reverse their positions. The report shows that amnesty's negative fiscal impact would be devastating.

From the report: 'At every stage of the life cycle, unlawful immigrants, on average, generate fiscal deficits. Unlawful immigrants, on average, are always tax consumers; they never once generate a 'fiscal surplus' that can be used to pay for government benefits elsewhere in society. This situation obviously will get much worse after amnesty.'

Violating the Rule of Law, for political purposes, to provide amnesty to lawbreakers would be the wrong thing to do regardless of its fiscal impact, but when the fiscal impact is also demonstrably harmful, it leaves proponents of amnesty with no leg to stand on. Failure to enforce the law or failure to abide by it is no reason to abolish the law."

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