David Hancock and Lary Perez are on opposite sides of the debate about overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.
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Since last year, numerous groups across the political spectrum have been publishing reports predicting what would happen if Congress overhauls immigration laws and provides a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. The conclusions differ. Here are some samples:
The libertarian Cato Institute, winter of 2012: The nation would add $1.5 trillion in U.S. gross domestic product — a measure of economic growth – over 10 years. Wages would also rise.
The conservative Heritage Foundation, May 6: Illegal immigrants would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits if they receive a route to citizenship and would pay $3.1 trillion in taxes over their lifetime, leaving a $6.3 trillion deficit.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, July 3: Would reduce the federal deficit by $820 billion over the next 20 years, partly through boosting the nation’s labor force.
The left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, July 10: Would boost annual state and local tax revenues by nearly $100 million in Georgia and more than $2 billion nationwide.