Immigration Bill Would Cost Billions, CBO Says

Law360, New York (August 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Implementing the Senate’s immigration bill would cost the United States government about $126 billion over the next 10 years, according to a report issued Friday by the Congressional Budget Office.

The bill, which calls for a guest worker program, improved border security and a path to citizenship for most of the country’s 11 million undocumented residents, would increase direct spending by $48 billion and discretionary spending by $78 billion from 2007 to 2016, the report said.

By far the biggest increase in direct spending, or $24.5...
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