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 The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration

By Steven A. Camarota February 2017


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Steven A. Camarota is the director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies.

The findings of this analysis show that if a border wall stopped a small fraction of the illegal immigrants who are expected to come in the next decade, the fiscal savings from having fewer illegal immigrants in the country would be sufficient to cover the costs of the wall. This analysis takes the likely education level of illegal border-crossers and applies fiscal estimates developed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) for immigrants by education level. NAS calculates the future fiscal balance immigrants create — taxes paid minus costs. NAS reports fiscal balances as "net present values", which places a lower value on future expenditures than on current expenditures.

Based on the NAS data, illegal border-crossers create an average fiscal burden of approximately $74,722 during their lifetimes, excluding any costs for their U.S.-born children. If a border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 illegal crossers — 9 to 12 percent of those expected to successfully cross in the next decade — the fiscal savings would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall.1

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http://cis.org/The-Cost-of-a-Border-Wall-vs-the-Cost-of-Illegal-Immigration
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Re: The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 10:48:26 PM »
Article blows out-of-the-water arguments that a border wall would be "too expensive".

It would be one of the best investments in America's fiscal future that could be made, if not THE single best one.

Build it, and:
Pay now, enjoy fiscal benefits far into the future.

Don't build it, and:
Continue to pay, pay, pay, pay, and PAY.

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Re: The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 12:41:23 AM »
Strict enforcement of "E-Verify" w/fines for employers, increased funding/staffing for ICE/Border Patrol, no welfare benefits for people w/o legit citizenship, beefing up of existing fence/wall at "problem areas", etc., etc. would slow the flow to a trickle also...at probably much less cost than an Israeli-type wall for hundreds or a thousand miles...the "property buyouts"/eminent domain costs alone are going to be rather large.

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Re: The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 06:57:05 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 01:37:27 PM »
No, it's a concrete solution to a real problem.
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Re: The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 01:53:06 PM »
Strict enforcement of "E-Verify" w/fines for employers, increased funding/staffing for ICE/Border Patrol, no welfare benefits for people w/o legit citizenship, beefing up of existing fence/wall at "problem areas", etc., etc. would slow the flow to a trickle also...at probably much less cost than an Israeli-type wall for hundreds or a thousand miles...the "property buyouts"/eminent domain costs alone are going to be rather large.
1954 miles, some of which are not 'easy' to place a barrier on, won't all get blocked, anyway. However, there are traffic corridors and adjacent areas that traffic might shift to that would be well worthwhile to secure. Fill in the gaps as needed, use the gaps to channel traffic into areas where interdiction is relatively easy. Control of the border is the primary goal, not necessarily fortification where it isn't forseeably needed.

Some of this is Federal land, too.
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Re: The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 08:38:55 PM »
BigU wrote:
"No, it's a concrete solution to a real problem."

Post of the day!
Welcome to the Briefing Room!

(that makes a great sound bite for border-control advocates!)

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Re: The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2017, 11:58:10 AM »
BigU wrote:
"No, it's a concrete solution to a real problem."

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Welcome to the Briefing Room!

(that makes a great sound bite for border-control advocates!)
Gracias.
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