Biden admin makes economic case for pathway to citizenship for illegals

According to a new report from Axios “The White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) is promoting the economic benefits and costs of providing green cards to millions of unauthorized immigrants in a blogpost being released on Friday, according to a draft provided to Axios.”

Per the report:

The White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) is promoting the economic benefits and costs of providing green cards to millions of unauthorized immigrants in a blogpost being released on Friday, according to a draft provided to Axios.

Why it matters: The post comes as the fate of millions of immigrants, including those with Temporary Protected Status or DACA protections, rests with Congress — and the Senate parliamentarian.

  • Any day, the Senate parliamentarian will decide on whether pathways to citizenship for certain undocumented populations can be included in Democrats’ reconciliation bill — which would mean it only needs 50 Senate votes to pass.
  • The decision hinges on whether the changes to immigration laws sufficiently impact federal costs and revenues. CEA Chair Cecilia Rouse and advisers Lisa Barrow, Kevin Rinz and Evan Soltas argue they would.

What they’re saying: The advisers acknowledge that legalizing undocumented immigrants would raise the cost of social benefit programs, as some immigrants may feel comfortable using benefits they are already eligible for and other would become eligible for benefits. The cost “could be significant.”