REALITY CHECK: ABOUT THAT BOR­DER WALL

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­quest that Congress in­clude $1.4 bil­lion to fund the be­gin­ning of his pro­posed wall on the U.S.-Mexico bor­der equals ap­prox­i­mately 0.035 per­cent of what the fed­eral govern­ment will spend in to­tal this year, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est estimate of fis­cal year 2017 fed­eral spend­ing made by the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice,” writes the al­ways metic­u­lous Ter­ence P. Jef­frey, who com­pared all the numbers.

“It also equals less than the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices spends in just twelve hours and less than the Trea­sury col­lects in taxes in four hours,” Mr. Jef­frey adds.

On an­other front, the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Im­mi­gra­tion Re­form al­ready has crunched the numbers on the cost of the wall — an es­ti­mated $25 bil­lion — ver­sus the over­all cost of car­ing for or man­ag­ing Amer­ica’s il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

“Se­cur­ing the south­ern bor­der is a sound fis­cal in­vest­ment. The over­all con­struc­tion and an­nual main­te­nance costs pale when com­pared to the $113 bil­lion FAIR es­ti­mates il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion costs Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers. In fact, if the project only re­sults in a 5 per­cent re­duc­tion in the an­nual cost of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion to Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers, and con­struc­tion and main­te­nance costs reach the most ex­pen­sive es­ti­mates, it would pay for it­self af­ter only six years,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion says in its study.

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