Conservative Economists Praise the New Immigration Bill
Even as GOP senators threaten to kill it
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 23, 2013 10:32 AM CDT
Economist and former John McCain adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, seen testifying on Capitol Hill in this file photo, is the head of the American Action Forum, the group behind the letter.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Conservative economists appear to have gotten the memo about the GOP's new immigration-friendly stance. More than 100 of them today signed a letter praising the reform bill coming to the Senate floor, saying it would have a "positive impact on population growth, labor force growth, housing, and other markets," the LA Times reports. They cited the Congressional Budget Office's assertion that such a bill would increase average economic growth by 0.1% over the next decade, and trim $300 billion off the federal budget deficit.

But even as the economists are providing political cover, many of the Republican senators the Gang of Eight was counting on to back the bill are balking, Politico reports. They want to see changes like more border security and tougher citizenship requirements. But Democrats feel they've given too much ground already, and aren't eager to compromise. And because no one's sure how to get the bill through the House—Politico has another piece on the difficulties Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra is having with it there—the Gang was hoping to amass overwhelming Senate support to exert pressure. "Our goal is to get 70 votes," Chuck Schumer says. "It's going to take a lot of work."

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May 25, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
OUR government wants new/more feet in line at the polls, and the unemployment lines. The current loss of jobs actually started with NAFTA. That trade agreement allowed American manufacturers to export their factories to MEXICO with no compensation to the American economy. The fatcats got fatter and the American Nobility got re-elected and became richer. More of the working-poor and middle-class took lower-wage service-oriented jobs trying to make ends meet. These situations were made worse by the war years toll on the next generation of our working class. The allowed immigration of low and mid-income wage earners into our labor force won't do anything to help our economy. My experience is that a relatively high percertage of immigrant workers are paid cash under the table; and then send a good portion home to family waiting to come here. There will be a huge demands on the already stressed educational and health systems, and greater demands put on social systems such as medicaid and food stamps. Fix the borders FIRST !! Then allow thoroughly-vetted applicants to obtain Green (actually Red) cards. And review their compliance regularly. At this point in time ,I have to advise MY SENATORS to vote NAY on immigration.
May 24, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
lol the GOP ain't never gonna change :D if they like something on economic grounds but don't like it on racist grounds they find a way to kill it; if they like something on racist grounds but don't like it on economic grounds they find a way to kill it :D
May 23, 2013 6:24 PM CDT
Somebody's been drinking the Kool-aid. 11 million+ new, "instant citizens", 20 million more green card/work visas all at a time when we have 20 million+ of our own citizens who can't find work. No promise of border security or E-varify to keep this from happening again in 10 to 15 years. There is no economic upside to this immigration bill/giveaway to big business.