For weeks, anti-immigration critics have complained about what they call the extraordinary cost of a Senate proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Indeed, the costs of fortifying the border and conferring legal status to millions of immigrants here illegally would require billions of dollars in new federal spending.
But much to the critics’ chagrin, an important new congressional study puts the lie to the depiction of this spending as a budget-buster. To the contrary, this estimate shows that the Senate’s immigration-overhaul plan would actually reduce the federal deficit.
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