REALITY CHECK: ABOUT THAT BORDER WALL
“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.