President Donald Trump has been in office for a little more than a year, and we are all still patiently waiting for substantive progress to be made on a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
It hasn’t been for lack of trying on the part of the commander-in-chief. His office remains open for business, but the obstructionists on the Left simply refuse to play ball and focus on the actual needs of our nation as a whole.
That being the case, it can make it seem like a wall is never going to happen. However, there is a way that it could easily happen – and be paid for to boot. A simple Trump maneuver could quickly pay for the entire $18 billion border wall and send Mexico into the meltdown of all time!
The New York Post explains.
Mexico won’t have to pay for the wall, after all. US taxpayers won’t have to pick up the tab, either. The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole.
That’s the finding of recent immigration studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty.
“The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling,” Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Post.
This isn’t a mere pie in the sky dream from Camarota either.
He comes to the table fully equipped with facts that outline his case, and he exposes the outright absurdity of not having a wall in place while doing so.
Absent a wall, the Homeland Security Department forecasts an additional 1.7 million illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border over the next decade.
If a wall stopped just 200,000 of those future crossings, Camarota says, it would pay for itself in fiscal savings from welfare, public education, refundable tax credits and other benefits currently given to low-income, illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America.
If a wall stopped 50 percent of those expected crossings, he says, it would save American taxpayers a whopping $64 billion — almost four times the wall’s cost — to say nothing of the additional billions in federal savings from reduced federal drug interdiction and border-security enforcement.
Is a border wall going to magically solve all of our nation’s problems?
Of course not, and it would be foolish to think that it would. That said, it would cut down on a whole lot of the more serious ones our nation faces as a whole, and that would result in even more savings for American taxpayers.
Camarota has outlined an excellent case for why it needs to happen and how we can get there. Good luck to the spin-meisters in the liberal echo chamber as they continue to attempt to portray it as if it would somehow be a bad thing.
Source: New York Post