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The Magically Vanishing Slice of Pie: Shockingly Bad Methods behind the Heritage Foundation’s Estimates of the Fiscal Costs of Unauthorized Immigration

Robert Rector and Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation have written a report claiming that regularizing unauthorized immigrants in the United States will cost American taxpayers trillions of dollars. Neither Rector nor Richwine are trained economists and the methods that they use to arrive at this number are not economic analysis.