Failure to Pass Immigration Reform is Costing the US Government $37 Million in Lost Revenue A Day

| by Dominic Kelly

According to new estimates from the Center for American Progress, $37 million in revenue is lost every day that the government fails to act on immigration reform.

The staggering number is totaled to almost $5 billion after just over 133 days of inaction by the United States government on the issue. The Center for American Progress (CAP) makes a strong case for the passing of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. From the CAP website:

On June 27, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill, S. 744, and created an opportunity to dramatically improve the fiscal and economic health of our country. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, has estimated that S. 744 would reduce our deficit by $135 billion over the first 10 years, generate millions of new jobs, and boost our economy. But while our economy stands to gain significantly from fixing our broken immigration system, each day the House fails to pass immigration reform is another day of missed economic opportunities.

In the four months since the Senate passed S. 744, we have already missed out on a net $4.9 billion in additional tax revenues. With each additional day that passes, another $37 million in revenue is lost. There is no denying the powerful impact that immigration reform could have on our economy. But the clock is ticking. Each minute that the House waits to pass immigration reform is another minute we are losing out on the economic benefits of reform. The cost of inaction is too high for the House to postpone immigration reform any longer.

Reports claim that should immigration reform pass, it will reduce the country’s deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars within 10 years. The CAP claims that if the House of Representatives continues to ignore the issue and fails to pass reform, it will have major long-term effects on the nation’s economic stability.