‘Conservative’ Economists To Endorse Immigration Bill
May 23, 2013 - 9:49 am
More than 100 conservative economists will call on Congress to approve an immigration overhaul, highlighting the potential economic benefits.
The letter by the American Action Forum, to be released Thursday, is the latest volley from conservative economic thinkers, who have been divided on the immigration overhaul legislation making its way through the Senate.
“Immigration reform’s positive impact on population growth, labor force growth, housing, and other markets will lead to more rapid economic growth,” wrote the economists, including Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the foundation’s president, who is a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and a former advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “This, in turn, translates into a positive impact on the federal budget.
This should make things even more confusing going down the stretch. As a native and lifelong resident of border states, I prefer all discussions to begin with enforcement but agree that all potentially positive or negative aspects be looked at.
Side note: Art Laffer is signing onto this, which should give the lefties headaches for a day or two until they find another reason to hate him.