CBO: Illegal Immigrants Granted Executive Amnesty Would Be Eligible for Certain Federal Benefits

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2017, some 2 million currently undocumented immigrants will be eligible for certain federal benefits under the Obama administration’s executive amnesty.

In a report released Thursday, CBO considers how changes to immigration policy could affect the federal budget. Its estimates are based on President Obama’s expanded deferred action programs to provide legal status to undocumented immigrants.

The office estimates that between 2 million and 2.5 million undocumented immigrants will “have received approval for deferred action” by 2017.

The CBO’s estimate is less than the 5 million the Obama administration estimated its executive amnesty would cover when the president announced the unilateral changes in November.