Assimilating immigrants into American society is expensive and it requires a great deal of resources. America's national debt continues to soar. Neither political party has solved the looming debt crisis. Frankly, America cannot afford to continue to support the current state of immigration policy. There is a high cost to cheap grace.
Some immigrants are highly skilled and contribute more to the economy than they receive in government benefits. On the other hand, some immigrants lack all but the most basic skills and contribute far less to the economy and to the tax base than they consume in government services. As the percentage of low-skilled immigrants increases, the likelihood of lower GDP per capita levels increases. Not all immigrants contribute to the fiscal and economic health of America equally.