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Jun. 24, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

Immigration bill has hefty price tag

Everyone agrees that immigration reform is needed. A current bipartisan proposal heavily supported by one party would increase spending by $262 billion over 10 years while increasing revenue by $459 billion, for a deficit reduction of $197 billion in total. Additionally, it has $690 billion in projected deficit reduction in the second decade of implementation, from 2024 to 2033.

So why does this proposed bill have an uncertain future? Because the other party wouldn't support it unless they got to spend millions of dollars hiring new federal employees and infrastructure projects. The spend-happy party? The GOP. You know, the party that rails against out-of-control federal spending.

Immigration reform is necessary. And, yes, increasing border security should be a part of any comprehensive proposal. But the evolution of this bill should remind us that comprehensive, bipartisan efforts that offer real solutions often run counter to pre-packaged political rhetoric (e.g., Senator Manchin v. NRA).

We can only imagine what the GOP and conservative talking heads would be saying if it was the Republicans who wanted to save $1 trillion and the Democrats who wouldn't sign on unless they got to spend money. However, for now, we will have to make due with reality instead of the same old attacks from the Grand Old Party.

Joe M. Fincham II

President

Cabell County Young Democrats

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