December 23, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week revealing that the Dream Act (S.1615) would cost taxpayers nearly $26 billion over the next ten years. This legislation would give illegal immigrants who were brought over before the age of eighteen lawful permanent resident status. Changing their status would make them eligible for a wide array of federal programs such as health insurance, welfare benefits, and higher education assistance. To make matters worse, this is a very conservative estimate. Of the 3.25 million illegal immigrants who would be eligible for this program, the CBO estimates that only 2 million will apply, with 1.6 million earning legal status over those ten years.

This report was released on the heels of the White House’s ramped up efforts to end chain migration.  Out of the “Dreamers” who are predicted to earn legal status, 1 million would be eligible to sponsor relatives. That figure is just a prediction for the future alone.  What is happening now is exponential. Family-based migration is responsible for 65% of all green cards.  On average, every two new immigrants bring seven additional family members to gain permanent status.  This has resulted in 9.3 million immigrants resettling based on family ties which amounts to the population of Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Cleveland combined.  This is a massive problem that puts our safety and economy at risk.

Eagle Forum, alongside the White House, urges Congress to pass the RAISE Act (S.354) which would end chain migration.

Tax Reform Passes

President Trump signed the tax reform initiative into law on Wednesday. This is the biggest rewrite of the tax code in over three decades.  While Americans are unsure how this will play out in the nation’s economy and in the pockets of individuals, we can certainly celebrate a couple of pro-family victories that Republicans fought for.

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) secured a pro-life win in the tax bill. Both withheld their votes until language was included to increase the child tax credit.  In the new law, parents will be able to receive a tax credit of $2000, doubling the amount that is in current law.

The Senate version of the bill included a repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate, however, the House version did not. There was a question as to whether this provision would get thrown out in conference. Thankfully, the provision stayed and Americans can be free from this egregious overreach of the federal government.

For a breakdown of how the new tax reform law differs from current law, click here.

Tabitha Walter is the Washington, D.C. Executive Director for Eagle Forum.