President Donald Trump has promised for months that he’ll make Mexico pay for every inch of a border wall with the United States.
Mexico is digging in its heels… but it won’t matter.
Because Trump has found another brilliant way to pay for the wall, while forcing Mexico to FINALLY care for its own citizens.
He’s going to eliminate welfare and other taxpayer-funded social programs for illegal immigrants.
Turns out that simply cutting these benefits to illegal immigrants would pay for the ENTIRE cost of the border wall… and there are numbers to back this.
In an interview with The New York Post, Steven Camarota, the research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said a border wall would cost from $18 billion to $25 billion, depending on the type and distance of the wall. Once constructed, though, the wall would save several times that amount by reducing the number of illegal border crossers who end up on welfare rolls.
“The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling,” said Camarota.
Camarota crunched the numbers and found that if the border wall cut an expected 1.7 million illegal crossings by 200,000 — about 12 percent — over a decade, it would pay for itself in fiscal savings from welfare, public education, tax credits and other benefits available to low-income, illegal immigrants.
You read that correctly… the wall would pay for itself if it stopped just 12 PERCENT of illegals!
If the wall stopped 50 percent of those expected crossings in the next 10 years, it would save $64 billion — nearly four times the cost of the wall — in welfare and social spending alone.
Fiscally, this is an accountant’s dream come true… but this creates a MAJOR deterrent for illegal immigrants that are tempted to cross the border illegally.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the majority of households headed by illegal immigrants are on welfare through their children and 62 percent of all illegal immigrant-headed households use at least one federal social program.
Many illegal immigrants also receive refundable tax credits for their U.S.-born children because the IRS requires a filer only to show a taxpayer identification number to receive the child tax credit.
Some border security experts say access to welfare and tax credits is a powerful magnet for illegal immigration. A wall along the southwest border would go a long way toward deterring those looking to cross into the U.S. illegally to take advantage of welfare programs.
“When you look at what a wall will do in allowing us to apprehend the vast majority of those individuals that are coming across the border, it will cut down on how much the taxpayer burden will be, which then will go straight into funding the wall,” said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
This new border wall plan is not just smart… it’s brilliant!