As Sen. Rubio says in TV ads, his proposed comprehensive immigration law would not cost any more federal dollars for benefits than the present immigration situation. But multiple studies show that nearly all costs of educating children of unlawful immigrants through the 12th grade are paid by city, county and state taxes — not federal. This practice would continue under the proposed law. And for future unlawful immigrants’ children.
Rubio refuted claims that his bill would cost taxpayers $5 trillion more than passing no bill at all.
He used himself as an example of upward mobility, to higher-paying jobs resulting in his paying more in taxes than the cost of government benefits he receives.
But businesses won’t voluntarily pay higher wages to keep such workers. With porous borders, the inflow of less-costly, unlawful immigrant workers will continue.
That’s a reason mass-legalization laws have not worked before.