Legal and Undocumented Immigrants are an Economic Drain

The Claim:

CIS research director Steven Camarota claims that that economic benefit is almost certainly eaten up by the large net fiscal drain (taxes paid minus services used) that immigrants create. Camarota reaches this conclusion by pointing to findings in a study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) and a Heritage Foundation report.

The Problem:

CIS cherrypicks numbers to fit their narrative, and most economists completely disagree

As pointed out by the Cato Institute, Camarota relies on a Heritage report that is methodologically incompatible with the NAS report and he refuses to adjust the age and corresponding figures of immigrants crossing the border. Heritage’s study ignores the economic growth effects and resulting tax revenue from immigration. More importantly, there is ample research demonstrating immigrants are a boost to the economy and help expand it. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence from economist across the political spectrum that there is “broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring.”