One of the sweeping plans by Democrats to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants would add more than half a trillion dollars to the deficit by 2041, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis published late Tuesday.
Democrats have been seeking to include some form of pathway to citizenship or legal status for illegal immigrants in its budget reconciliation bill, which is working its way through both the House and Senate. However, multiple plans have so far been rebuffed by the Senate parliamentarian, who ruled that such a change in the law is a “tremendous and enduring policy change that dwarfs its budgetary impact” and is therefore inappropriate for a reconciliation bill.
The first of those plans was the plan looked at by the CBO, which would grant a pathway to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, those who are protected by Temporary Protected Status (TPS), farmworkers, and those deemed “essential workers.” It was rejected by the Senate parliamentarian in September.
On legal immigration, it would also significantly increase the number of green cards made available both via employment, family-based connections and the green card lottery.