CBO report: Senate immigration bill to cost billions over next decade

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The Senate's immigrant proposal carries a hefty price tag, according to a new government report.

The bill, which has been under heavy fire from House Republicans since its passage this spring, would cost as much as $126 billion over the next decade, an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office concludes. It would combine tougher border control measures with a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers. Nursing home providers approve the legalizing aspect of the measure because it would allow more nurses and other workers into long-term care.

Some of the costs in the CBO's five-year estimate: $800 million to hire more Border Patrol agents; $2.6 billion to build detention facilities; $3.3 billion to build and maintain border fencing and vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico frontier; and $1.6 billion to create a computerized system to verify the eligibility of applicants for lawful employment.