White House Ignores Amnesty’s $1 Trillion Cost to Social Security and Medicare

By Jason Richwine | Center for Immigration Studies

To buttress support for the amnesty that Democrats tried (but apparently failed) to include in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill, the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) on Friday touted the economic benefits of allowing illegal immigrants to become permanent residents.

Let’s first note the narrowness of the discussion. The CEA presents a binary choice between amnesty and continued illegal status, but surely at least some illegal immigrants should be required to return to their home countries. Furthermore, amnesty is not merely an economic issue. It has broad legal, social, and political implications that policymakers must consider as well.