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Heritage Foundation report on immigration drives wedge between conservatives

A new study from conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation estimates (incorrectly) that immigration reform will cost the economy $6.3 trillion over 50 years as “a minimum estimate.” The findings have been widely criticized by pro-reform Democrats and immigrant rights advocates, but there has also been a surprising amount of blowback among conservatives.

In a statement on Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cast doubt on Heritage's findings, saying: “The Congressional Budget Office has found that fixing our broken immigration system could help our economy grow. A proper accounting of immigration reform should take into account these dynamic effects.”

Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform released a statement on Monday also denouncing the findings (while maintaining its support for the think tank in general): "The Heritage Foundation is a treasured ally in the conservative movement and a pillar of the conservative policy community," said immigration policy aide Joshua Culling. "However, this study is every bit as flawed as its 2007 iteration."

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