President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats have tried to slip into their $3.5 trillion spending proposal a provision that would grant amnesty to untold numbers of undocumented migrants currently residing and working in the United States.
Even the White House has been forced to confess that such a measure would likely have a negative impact on wages for American workers. But according to Breitbart, the Biden administration is doing its best to downplay that fact, dismissing the impact of the bill as “very small” in the long run.
Similarly, the president’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) has also admitted that amnesty for migrants would result in increased costs for taxpayers in terms of federal benefits programs, but the agency argued that those costs would likely be matched by increased tax revenues from the newly legalized workers.
The “economic case” for amnesty
Those details were first revealed in a blog post by the CEA that was obtained prior to publication by Axios. The outlet said the document made the Biden administration’s “economic case” for amnesty.
“Most directly, immigration increases potential economic output by increasing the size of the labor force. Immigrants also contribute to increasing productivity,” CEA Chair Cecilia Rouse and other leaders in the group wrote in their Friday article.
“Some critics claim that legalizing unauthorized immigrants, as proposed by the Build Back Better framework, could be costly because they would become eligible for additional social insurance benefits such as Medicaid,” the agency adds. “However, granting permanent legal status would also likely raise tax revenues, increase productivity, and have additional benefits for the children of these immigrants, generating substantial economic value for the country.”
But according to Center for Immigration Studies research director Steve Camarota, that’s still not enough to offset the costs. “Even if correct, it still means that lots of Americans will be poor or poorer for perhaps decades,” he told Breitbart.
“And that long run may never even arrive if you keep bringing in more foreign workers, which [the pending] amnesty is certainly going to encourage,” Camarota added.
A crushing blow for Dems
Democrats had been hoping to pass their multitrillion-dollar spending package through a process known as “budget reconciliation,” which makes it so just a simple majority in the Senate is needed to pass legislation. Even under that process, however, Democrats would need every member of their caucus to get on board with the bill for it to pass, and some key players have indicated they’re not yet sold.
Worse still for Democrats and President Biden: Reports published Sunday said the Senate parliamentarian had decided Dems can’t include amnesty for illegal migrants as part of their reconciliation package, a ruling The Washington Times described as “a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway in years to attaining that long-sought goal.”
But that doesn’t mean they won’t keep trying. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said of the parliamentarian’s decision, according to the Times.
“Senate Democrats have prepared alternate proposals and will be holding additional meetings with the Senate parliamentarian in the coming days,” Schumer added.