In an intriguing New York Post column, Paul Sperry noted that it was not necessary to charge either Mexico or U.S. taxpayers for the wall. While we might have to pick up the tab initially, he wrote, simply cutting off illegal immigrants who come over here and leech off the public dole will be enough to easily cover the cost of construction.
From the column:
Recent immigration studies show that 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.
Federal data shows that a wall would work. A two-story corrugated metal fence in El Paso, Texas, first erected under the Bush administration has already curtailed illegal border crossings there by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which it was built.
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.
In other words, the wall doesn’t even have to work THAT well for it to be a worthy investment in America’s financial future. And that’s just restricting the conversation to dollars and cents. When you get into the many other plagues that illegal immigration visits upon this nation – a loss of culture, increased crime, an unmitigated flow of drugs – the wall’s worth is undeniable.
Of course, Democrats will immediately argue that only a dumb right-wing racist could make this case, seeing as how illegal immigrants are not eligible for public welfare. But this is a myth. They may not be able to directly apply for benefits, but they are the mothers and fathers of children who DO qualify for benefits. Make no mistake about it; if you think all (or even most) illegal immigrants are putting more into the system than they are taking out, then you have slurped down the left’s Kool-Aid and you need to do some more research. Because you don’t know what you’re talking about.
However the wall is paid for, it needs to be built. Right NOW is our only opportunity. There won’t be another Republican president with this kind of agenda. God knows, Trump saved us from Republicans who were barely distinguishable from Obama and Hillary on illegal immigration. If we want it, the time is now.
Make it happen, Washington.