For Hard Line on Immigrants and Immigration, Who Foots the Bill?

Communications Associate

March 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans who have taken a hostile approach toward immigrants and immigration should face tough challenges regarding the moral and financial costs of their proposals.

Critical questions remain unanswered: If catchphrases translate to policies, what will they cost, and how will they affect our economy? How will they strengthen families, communities and the rule of law? How will they address our changing demographics? How will they honor American values?

“Talk of walls and mass deportation may be red meat for some primary voters. Carrying out such ideas would be disastrous for our country on every level,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “America is better when we focus on freedom. We need to help immigrants contribute fully so all of us thrive.

“We do not need and cannot afford extreme policies that drive us apart, ignore our core values and would cost taxpayers billions.”