The cost of the Senate immigration bill now languishing for lack of House support would be $126 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That figure includes the hiring of 31,000 new federal workers, the installation of 870 miles of fencing and vehicle barriers, and claims of nearly $50 billion in federal benefits by newly legalized immigrants. Such a solution — promoted by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and other senators seeking a pragmatic approach — is costly. But so is doing nothing, which is where Congress is headed now.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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