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Illegal Immigration

Report: How Trump’s Border Wall Will Pay for Itself

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

The Center for Immigration Studies has conducted an analysis that shows even if the proposed border wall between the US and Mexico prevents a small fraction of the anticipated amount of illegal immigrants expected the over the next few years, the savings from having fewer illegal immigrants to take care of would be enough 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 Immigrants criminally trespassing aliens cost the government approximately $74,722 during their lifetimes (not counting the costs of any kids the trespassers give birth to in the US).

Now if the proposed border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 people criminally trespassing (which represents only 9% to 12% of the projected amount over the next ten years), the savings to the government would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall.

Newly released research by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) done for the Department of Homeland Security indicates that 170,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border successfully without going through a port of entry in 2015. While a significant decline in crossings from a decade ago, it still means that there may be 1.7 million successful crossings in the next decade. If a wall sto…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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About the author

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (Lidblog.com), contributing reporter at MRCTV.org and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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