President Donald Trump has promised to build a huge wall with a “big beautiful door” on the border between the United States and Mexico — and promised Mexico would pay for.
Now, as construction plans begin to finalize, the mainstream media has begun attacking Trump’s promise by citing a potentially expensive bill being put to taxpayers.
But there’s one thing they’re ignoring — the enormous savings taxpayers will receive from having a secure border.
According to a Reuters report Friday, the wall is estimated to cost $21.6 billion over it’s three years of construction.”The report’s estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,” Reuters reported.
What they failed to cite is the $113 billion taxpayers spend every year on border security, according to a 2013 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The 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. 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.”
At an estimated cost of approximately $7.2 billion per year during construction, the U.S-Mexico border wall would see a return on investment if it stops just 6% of illegal immigration during it’s construction.
If the wall successfully stops 1 in 5 illegal immigrants from entering the United States, it will have paid for itself in taxpayer savings in just one year.
Now, normally we here at The Horn News are not big fans of government spending.
But that doesn’t mean there’s not opportunities for smart investment.
The mainstream media may not like it, but the numbers don’t lie. A border wall is going to save money… big time.
— The Horn editorial team