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    How Heritage Is Studying the Costs of Immigration

    In discussing comprehensive immigration reform in recent days, some commentators have discussed The Heritage Foundation’s previous and anticipated work looking at the costs of unlawful immigration and amnesty. Heritage’s Robert Rector, who helped spearhead welfare reform in the 1990s and is one of the nation’s top experts on government assistance … More

    Morning Bell: Top 5 Problems with the "Comprehensive" Immigration Bill

    The good news is Congress cares about trying to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders. The bad news is they want to do it with a solution that looks a lot like Obamacare—the “Gang of Eight” 844-page-plus “comprehensive” bill. The sad news is that such an “easy button” … More

    VIDEO: Sen. Mike Lee on Gun Control, Immigration and Internet Sales Tax

    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke at Heritage yesterday about winning public support for a conservative agenda for government. He joined Heritage’s Jackie Anderson afterward to talk about legislative battles in Congress: gun control, immigration reform, and the Internet sales tax. With two Senate immigration hearings having just concluded, Lee urged … More

    DeMint on Fox News: Gang of Eight Plan Won't Fix Immigration System

    On “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this afternoon, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint talked about the Gang of Eight immigration bill and the cost of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. DeMint called the plan a repeat of the failed 2007 comprehensive bill. “We shouldn’t do amnesty first because we cannot … More

    DeMint: Taxpayers Would Pay for Amnesty

    Now that the “Gang of Eight” has introduced a comprehensive immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, the cost to taxpayers of implementing amnesty for an estimated 11 million unlawful immigrants has come into focus. The core problem with amnesty is clear: It encourages more unlawful immigration in hopes of future … More

    The Boston Bombings and Immigration

    As tempting as it might be for anyone in Washington to find some way to spin the tragic events of the Boston bombings to advance their legislative agenda on Capitol Hill—they ought to think twice. That particularly goes for all sides in the immigration debate. We’re chagrined, therefore, that some … More

    Immigration Bill Is a Trojan Horse for Spending

    The contentious immigration bill (S. 744) put together by the Senate Gang of Eight is a spending Trojan Horse with several provisions that simply declare open season on spending, allowing agencies to spend “as necessary.” The bill exploits a loophole in the Budget Control Act (BCA) that allows Congress to … More

    Legal Immigration: What About Those that Followed the Law?

    We’re taught from a young age to “wait your turn” and “don’t cut in line,” but what about when we take those lessons from the playground to real life? For close to 4.5 million people waiting in line to come to the U.S. today, this is a very real question. … More

    Morning Bell: Jim DeMint on the Senate's Flawed Immigration Plan

    Since the birth of our nation, the United States has recognized the vital role of lawful immigration, as it brings important economic and cultural benefits. We have always been, and will continue to be, a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. The “Gang of Eight” bill … More

    Read the Bill: Senate Gang of Eight Releases Immigration Legislation

    Early this morning a group of eight U.S. senators filed comprehensive immigration reform legislation that totals 844 pages and addresses a range of policy issues. Heritage scholars are already at work reviewing the details of the bill. We hope you’ll do the same, which is why we’re posting the full … More