On the surface, the "bipartisan" immigration agreement announced Monday may sound reasonable. Finally, the thought goes, these folks who have been living in the shadows are going to "come out of the shadows" and pay taxes. But as with the healthcare debate, the promises of savings are almost certainly fanciful. From a new Fox News report
Research shows creating a path to citizenship for so many illegal immigrants would result in significant costs to state, local and federal governments....
[T]he main reason illegal immigrants create a large deficit is not their heavy use of social services but their lack of education, which results in low-paying jobs and small income-tax contributions.
“On average, the costs that illegal households impose on federal coffers are less than half that of other households, but their tax payments are only one-fourth that of other households,” writes Steve Camarota, in his 2004 study “The High Cost of Cheap Labor: Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget.”