Report: Trump’s Border Wall Could Save Taxpayers Nearly $64 Billion Over Next Decade

Monica Sanchez | February 20, 2017
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A new Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report estimates that President Donald Trump’s border wall could save Americans billions of dollars over the next decade.

Nearly $64 billion.

CIS analyzed data gathered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) on the lifetime fiscal impact – or taxes paid minus services used – of immigrants. 

Coupled with the likely education levels of illegal immigrants, CIS found that "illegal border-crossers create an average fiscal burden of approximately $74,722 during their lifetimes, excluding any costs for their U.S.-born children."

"If a border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 illegal crossers — 9 to 12 percent of those expected to successfully cross in the next decade — the fiscal savings would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall," writes CIS Director of Research, Steven Camarota. “If a wall stopped half of those expected to successfully enter illegally without going through a port of entry at the southern border over the next 10 years, it would save taxpayers nearly $64 billion — several times the wall's cost.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have estimated that the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would cost approximately $12 to $15 billion.

If CIS estimates are correct, the average taxpayer could be saving far more than what the federal government will be spending.  

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