ELDER PATRIOT – Only deceitful politicians could make an argument that we can’t afford to build a border wall and expect people to believe them when the facts say otherwise. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. No matter what other arguments may be made against the wall, any attempt to say we can’t afford the wall approaches a level of fiscal impropriety that would land hucksters in the private sector in prison for making such an outright lie.
There’s no nice way to say this, politicians from both sides of the aisle are lying to you. What else is new, eh?
Here are the facts:
According to CNN there are an estimated 74,000 illegal immigrants in federal and state prisons that the Office of the Federal Register reports cost at least $30,000 each annually to house and feed. That number continues to grow. Deporting them and blocking their return path with the wall would save $2.2 billion annually.
Newsmax reports that the total cost of welfare benefits to households headed by immigrants is over $103 billion annually.
The Economist, the leftist financial rag acknowledges that enforcing our southern border currently costs $18 billion annually. A wall can only help lower that amount.
Daniel Sayani writing for The New American discussed the costs of providing medical care in only three border states: “the costs of medical care for immigrants are staggering. The estimated cost of unreimbursed medical care in 2004 in California was about $1.4 billion per year. In Texas, the estimated cost was about $8.5 billion, and in Arizona the comparable estimate was $4 billion per year.”
These costs still do not account for the cost of building and staffing schools, increased policing costs, increased court costs including public defenders, increased FBI surveillance costs, increased auto insurance rates to cover uninsured immigrant drivers, the displacement costs associated with displaced native-born workers that includes welfare and unemployment costs, the devastating effects of violent crime, etc., etc.
The result of establishment politicians’ failed immigration policies over the past three decades is costing America’s taxpayers far in excess of the $12-25 billion estimated price tag annually when state and local costs are added in.
The wall would pay for itself in less than a year and quite possibly in less than six months making it revenue positive in year one. In ensuing years every penny of savings can be used for much needed deficit reduction.
There is no rational financial excuse for not funding the border wall and any argument to the contrary by your town council, your mayor, your state representative, your state senator, your representative or your federal senators is bullshit.