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    Critics Looking at Old Data Instead of New Heritage Research on Amnesty

    Some proponents of comprehensive immigration reform (including amnesty) are trying to find support for their position in Heritage Foundation papers from long ago. In the first paper they point to, from March 2006, Heritage rejected amnesty but also considered the economic effects of immigration. Since that time, there are two … More

    Morning Bell: New Heritage Study on the Cost of Amnesty

    The immigration debate is about to get a lot more concrete. Lawmakers need to be honest about the cost of their proposed immigration plans—and a new study due out today from The Heritage Foundation calculates the cost to taxpayers of granting amnesty to unlawful immigrants. Yesterday on ABC’s “This Week … More

    Heritage to Detail Amnesty Costs at 11:30 News Conference

    WHEN: Today, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. ET (Camera setup: 10:30 a.m.) WHO: Jim DeMint, President, The Heritage Foundation Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow, Domestic Policy Studies Derrick Morgan, Vice President, Domestic and Economic Policy WHERE: The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. Remote viewers may … More

    Boston Bombers Received Welfare Benefits

    According to the Boston Herald and other news sources, the family of the Boston Marathon bombers received large amounts of welfare benefits. This calls attention to the policy principle that immigrants should be net contributors to the government and society and should not be a fiscal burden on American society. … More

    Morning Bell: American Families Cannot Afford the Cost of Amnesty

    Our nation is going broke, and now is not the time to increase burdens on American families. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)—commonly called the “Gang of Eight bill” after the eight Senators who came up with it, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert … More

    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

    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

    Dumping Welfare Work Requirements Is Not Innovation

    According to a statement by the Obama Administration in March, a House bill that reinforces the welfare work requirements of the 1996 reform act equates to an “unnecessary bar to innovative welfare-to-work strategies.” What are these “innovative” strategies? Last year, the Obama Administration simply waived compliance with the already lenient … More

    WSJ: Food Stamp Rolls Remain High Despite Economic Improvement

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported last week that even with improvements in the economy, food stamp participation rates have reached all-time highs. Since 2008, enrollment has increased by 70 percent, reaching a record 47.8 million this past December. Funding for the food stamp program—or, as it’s now called the … More

    NYC Teen Pregnancy Ads Should Focus on Why Marriage Matters

    New York City has a new ad campaign to prevent teen pregnancy, which has stirred up quite the controversy. Featuring faces of distraught babies, the ads feature captions such as, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen,” and “Honestly Mom, chances … More