Ronald Reagan’s Biggest Mistake –

Ronald Reagan’s Biggest Mistake –

Posted in the Immigration Reform Forum


Carson City, NV

#1 May 6, 2013
Ronald Reagan’s Biggest Mistake –
According to Reagan Himself

According to a 1997 report by the Center for Immigration Studies, the cost of amnesty for 2.7 million illegal immigrants had accumulated to $156.7 billion (in 1986 dollars!) by 1997. The net cost after $78 billion in tax collections was $78.7 billion dollars. This amounts to a subsidy per amnestied illegal of $29,148 in 1986 dollars, which is an important indirect subsidy for the employers of illegal workers. But U.S. workers paid the highest price. The 1986 amnesty displaced 1,872,000 American workers over the next decade. This and downward pressure on American wages are not adequately accounted for in the report. In fact, downward pressure on U.S. worker income may be the largest cost to the American economy of amnesty and excess immigration levels.

Amnesty will cost American taxpayers at least $6.3 trillion in welfare and other public benefits, according to a Heritage Foundation study.

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Sir Winston Churchill

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