Jim DeMint

DeMint: Immigration reform will cost trillions

by JAKE SHERMAN | Politico  |  published on May 6, 2013

Former Sen. Jim DeMint said on Sunday immigration reform will cost the country trillions of dollars, neatly encapsulating the conservative opposition to the bill.

DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina who is now president of the Heritage Foundation, said on ABC’s “This Week” that the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis that it would help economic growth is wrong, and “Heritage is the only organization that has done an analysis of the cost.”

“Unlawful immigrants make up about 2 percent of our GDP, and they consume most of that,” DeMint said. “And if you consider all the factors of amnesty and unlawful immigration, the cost will be in the trillions of dollars in the lifetime of these unlawful immigrants.”

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