Fiscal Costs of the President's Executive Actions on Immigration, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 17, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation from the March 17, 2015 hearing "The Fiscal Costs of the President's Executive Actions on Immigration," held before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the testimony of Steven Camarota: "In November 2014, the Obama administration announced its program to give legal status, including work authorization, identity documents, and other benefits to perhaps four million illegal immigrants.1 The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program is for parents who have children who are legal immigrants or were born in the United States. This grant of administrative amnesty expands one the Administration granted to roughly two million other illegal immigrants in June 2012, referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). When considering the fiscal and economic considerations of DAPA, the most important fact to remember is that a very large share of illegal immigrants have modest levels of education. Prior research, as well as common sense, indicates that persons with this level of education (immigrant or native-born) create a large fiscal drain --using more in services than they pay in taxes. Their education level also means that they will generally compete with less-educated, poorer Americans for jobs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert Rector, Steven Camarota, Elieen O'Connor, and Avideh Moussavian.

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