Critics of President Donald Trump’s border wall have blasted the proposal as too costly after an internal report surfaced revealing that it would run upwards of $21.6 billion. However, findings from various immigration reform advocacy groups have long determined that illegal immigration costs the government nearly six times more – each and every year.
“This report estimates the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level,” reads a 2013 Federation for American Immigration Reform report.
“The study also estimates tax collections from illegal alien workers, both those in the above-ground economy and those in the underground economy. Those receipts do not come close to the level of expenditures and, in any case, are misleading as an offset because over time unemployed and underemployed U.S. workers would replace illegal alien workers,” the report continues.
Last week, the Trump administration encountered controversy when a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal assessment found that the border wall would cost around $21.6 billion, a fair bit more than the $12-billion figure that he touted on the campaign trail, Reuters reported.
The president later took to Twitter to vow that the price would come down: “I am reading that the great border WALL will cost more than the government originally thought, but I have not gotten involved in the design or negotiations,” he wrote.
“When I do, just like with the F-35 FIghterJet or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!” Trump declared.