In a press conference with the President, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, declared that a $5 billion border wall is a waste of money. It’s nothing for the Democrats to approve $150 billion in spending and send it all to Iran, but when it comes to doing something for the safety and security for the people of the United States, it’s a “waste of money.”
And, according to a 2017 cost analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers $155 billion annually. If the U.S. built a stronger border wall and enforced immigration laws, then the wall would pay for itself almost immediately and begin saving the country tens of billion of dollars each year.
Illegal immigration imposes a net fiscal burden on U.S. taxpayers
When an American earns their paycheck, they pay out a percentage to local, state, and federal taxes. Illegal immigrants, on the other hand, find ways not to pay taxes, while still taking advantage of systems that taxpayers fund. This is just one of the reasons why strong border protection and enforcement of legal immigration laws is so desperately needed. Illegal immigration drains the resources out of the country, putting a financial burden on all the Americans and legal immigrants who already pay their fair share.
By investing $5 billion into a strong border wall, the U.S. taxpayer could likely see future tax breaks because the costs of illegal immigration would start to go down. FAIR’s cost analysis found that the total expenditures for illegal immigration is $45,870,474,332 at the federal level and $88,992,981,032 at the state and local level. The amount that illegal immigrants pay into the system at the federal level is a meager $15,447,897,700 and $3,520,960,000 at the state and local level. After doing the math, illegal immigration imposes a net fiscal burden of (115,894,597,664)USD.
This means that the U.S. recoups only 14 percent of the amount expended annually on illegal aliens, leaving everyone else to foot the bill. These are lost funds, which if recouped, could be put into healthcare, schools, veterans, small business, and programs that actually help legal immigrants.
Other serious costs of illegal immigration
This cost analysis does not even include other expensive factors such as:
• American jobs lost
• How commerce is affected due to remittance
• The diseases that are introduced into communities
• Women and children who are raped and murdered by gangs
• The cost of illegal drugs that are trafficked through
Open borders have a ripple effect throughout communities in the United States. Law enforcement have to tackle more drug, violence, and child trafficking problems than ever before. A $5 billion border wall is an investment into the lives of the people who live, work and play in the United States. Will a wall fix all the problems with a broken immigration system? Likely no, but the wall will help ensure the safety and security of Americans for generations to come. Migrant caravans cannot pour into the country and demand that U.S taxpayers foot the cost. This is an unsustainable way to run a country and is a disservice to the people who live and work in the U.S.
Charitable aid is a great thing, but the U.S. should not be disrespected and abused by the rest of the world. In order for the U.S. to continue to be an inclusive country, we must first protect our borders and establish a merit-based system for those who want to come in legally. Open borders cost billions of dollars — and they cost lives.