GO FUND THE WALL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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Pres­i­dent Trump joins Border Pa­trol San Diego sec­tor chief Rod­ney Scott be­fore a pro­to­type unit of the border wall just out­side San Diego.

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