GO FUND THE WALL
Building a new border wall between the U.S. and Mexico sparks much argument and analysis. Take, for example, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which compared the total cost of the wall — which the organization placed at $25 billion — to 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 said in its comprehensive study.
President Trump has proposed that federal agencies kick in some money for the wall; and maybe the Defense Department. But a cultural force also could be building.
“One-in-five voters are willing to dig into their own pockets to privately fund the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border,” said a new Rasmussen Reports survey released that found that 21 percent of likely U.S. voters would contribute money to a private fund such as GoFundMe, set up to build the wall should Congress refuse to fund it.
Interesting. There are 200 crowdfunding proposals on GoFundMe.com already up and running to raise money for the border wall, the sites vowing “If Congress won’t do it, we will”, among the many mottoes. Activity at the moment, however, is not brisk. Meanwhile, the poll also found that a third of Republicans — 34 percent — would contribute to a private funding cause for the wall, along with 21 percent of independents, 10 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of those who are staunch Trump fans.
“Voters continue to believe illegal immigration is a major problem, and few feel the government is doing enough to handle it,” the poll said, though it also reveals that 69 percent would not contribute to the fund and 10 percent are undecided. Bethesda, Maryland, after the holidays, where he will provide stress relief and comfort to service members going through physical and occupational,” the department said.
President Trump joins Border Patrol San Diego sector chief Rodney Scott before a prototype unit of the border wall just outside San Diego.