The Heritage Foundation has released its much-anticipated new study on the fiscal evils of immigration, which completely contradicts its former position on immigration. ThinkProgress has a list of the contrasting positions between the two studies. Like the new one says:
“[F]ormer unlawful immigrant households would likely begin to receive government benefits at the same rate as lawful immigrant households of the same education level. As a result, government spending and fiscal deficits would increase dramatically.”
And the old one said:
“An honest assessment acknowledges that illegal immigrants bring real benefits to the supply side of the American economy, which is why the business community is opposed to a simple crackdown… Most immigrant families have a positive net fiscal impact on the U.S., adding $88,000 more in tax revenues than they consume in services.“
I think this shows just how far to the right Heritage has slid. I mean, I really have a hard time believing that Jim DeMint would have even been considered for the leadership of the group 10 or 15 years ago. The author of the 2006 study has hammered the new one:
“Unless they expect readers to believe all this household income (a) generates no productive work (e.g., makes product, mows lawns, nurses the sick, and starts businesses that hire other Americans) and (b) is 100% remitted abroad, consuming nothing in the U.S. macro economy, then the report is misleading.”
Of course it is.