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    Cantor: Immigration Legislation Isn’t Written Yet

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–VA) and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) have not yet written bill text for their plan addressing children of illegal immigrants. Heritage’s David Addington, group vice president of research, wrote yesterday that Cantor and Goodlatte should reveal the text of their much-publicized plan “so … More

    Immigration: Study on Taxes Leaves Out Costs of Amnesty

    The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a report today calculating “Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions.” It concludes that “the 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States are already paying a significant share of their income in state and local taxes, and that figure … More

    Immigration: White House Report Ignores Unfair, Unworkable, and Costly Amnesty

    Today the White House released a report called “The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System,” detailing purported economic growth from immigration reform and drawing significantly on the Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate comprehensive immigration bill (S. 744). The White House’s report fails in several areas. Measures … More

    Morning Bell: Decision Time on Immigration

    Today is a pivotal day in the immigration debate: House Republicans are meeting to hash out their path. Pressure is coming from all sides. The Senate passed the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” plan, and three groups on the right are urging the House to act. President Obama is meeting today … More

    A Key Voice on Immigration Reform Says No to Amnesty-First Approach

    The Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill passed the Senate by a 68-32 vote, but House Republicans have already declared the nearly 1,200-page bill dead upon arrival. Advocates for the bill say House members will face pressure to follow the Senate’s lead. But conservatives appear ready to stand firm against an … More

    First Take on the CBO Report: Amnesty Hurts U.S. Workers

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate and economic impact documents for S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, today. We are still analyzing the lengthy reports, but already a few items stand out as noteworthy. Reducing Flow CBO reports that S. 744 would … More

    Obama’s Amnesty Speech Falsehoods: Bogus Promises and Empty Rhetoric

    On Tuesday, President Obama gave a speech in the East Room of the White House praising the efforts of the Senate in passing the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill. Surrounded by illegal immigrants and union leaders, among others, he told the audience, “If you genuinely believe we need to … More

    Morning Bell: Spread the Word About What the Senate Is Doing

    The Senate voted yesterday to move forward on the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan—which would grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. As Heritage’s David Inserra points out, “Instead of new ideas, the … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Trust This Administration?

    The Obama Administration has a few problems. From Benghazi to the IRS to the phone records of journalists and everyday Americans, it’s not difficult to call up a scandal with investigations pending in Washington. So immigration reform makes for a nice distraction. In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama … More

    Immigration: Getting No RESULTS

    Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) will propose an amendment to the Senate immigration bill entitled “Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety, & Upgrading Legitimate Trade and travel Simultaneously” (RESULTS). It should really be called the “NO-RESULTS” amendment. The amendment raises constitutional concerns and fails to solve the enforcement problems in the bill. … More