Republican and Democrat supporters of amnesty first; enforcement never immigration policies might be wise to look at the broader fiscal effects of granting citizenship to a population that is predominantly low-skilled. Here’s what the Daily Caller was told by Senator Jeff Sessions’s staffers for the Senate Budget Committee:
Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for ObamaCare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller.
GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced.
However, should the provision fall by the wayside, as some analysts believe it could, the staffers estimate the cost of Obamacare could increase between $210 billion to $300 billion over the next 10 years.
Also remember that once these families have one American-born child, they are entitled to an array of welfare programs. The idea that we can ever balance the budget with the current immigration deform proposals on the table is silly.