A border wall between the U.S. and Mexico will pay for itself within a few months if it just manages to halt 160,000 or so invaders entering America, a new study has revealed.
The analysis, carried out by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), showed that a border wall only needs to halt between 9 and 12 percent of all illegal crossings to cover its costs.
The fiscal saving would equal the estimated $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall, the CIS report said, adding that the analysis “takes the likely education level of illegal border crossers and applies fiscal impact estimates, developed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, for immigrants by educational attainment.”
Based on the Academies estimates, each illegal border crosser creates a net fiscal burden (taxes minus expenditures) of approximately $74,722 during their lifetime, excluding costs for their U.S.-born children.
Dr. Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and author of the report, said, “The question of who would pay for a border wall has been discussed for months. What the discussion has ignored is that illegal immigration comes with a price tag for the American taxpayer. If the wall stopped only a modest fraction of those who cross the southern border illegally it would easily pay for itself in the long run.”
Among the findings:
– There is agreement among researchers that an overwhelming percentage of illegal immigrants have modest levels of education—most have not completed high school or have only a high school education.
– There is also agreement that immigrants who come to America with modest levels of education create significantly more in costs for government than they pay in taxes.
– A recent study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine estimated the lifetime fiscal impact (taxes paid minus services used) of immigrants by education. Averaging the cost estimates from that study and combining it with the education level of illegal border crossers shows a net fiscal drain of $74,722 per illegal crosser.
– If the Academies’ projections that include the descendants of immigrants are used, the fiscal drain for border crossers grows to $94,391.
– Newly released research by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), done for the Department of Homeland Security, indicates that 170,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border successfully between the ports of entry in 2015. If a wall stopped just 9 to 12 percent of those crossing, it would pay for itself.
– If a wall stopped half of those expecting to successfully enter illegally between the ports of entry at the southern border over the next ten years, it would save taxpayers nearly $64 billion—several times the wall’s cost. This figure excludes costs for the children and descendants of the original immigrant.