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Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers $155 billion per year… building a wall could pay for itself almost immediately

(National SentinelBig Money: In a press conference with the President, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, declared that a $5 billion border wall is a waste of money. It’s nothing for the Democrats to approve $150 billion in spending and send it all to Iran, but when it comes to doing something for the safety and security for the people of the United States, it’s a “waste of money.”

And, according to a 2017 cost analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers $155 billion annually. If the U.S. built a stronger border wall and enforced immigration laws, then the wall would pay for itself almost immediately and begin saving the country tens of billions of dollars each year.

When an American earns their paycheck, they pay out a percentage to local, state, and federal taxes. Illegal immigrants, on the other hand, find ways not to pay taxes, while still taking advantage of systems that taxpayers fund. This is just one of the reasons why strong border protection and enforcement of legal immigration laws is so desperately needed. Illegal immigration drains the resources out of the country, putting a financial burden on all the Americans and legal immigrants who already pay their fair share.

By investing $5 billion into a strong border wall, the U.S. taxpayer could likely see future tax breaks because the costs of illegal immigration would start to go down. FAIR’s cost analysis found that the total expenditures for illegal immigration is $45,870,474,332 at the federal level and $88,992,981,032 at the state and local level.

The amount that illegal immigrants pay into the system at the federal level is a meager $15,447,897,700 and $3,520,960,000 at the state and local level. After doing the math, illegal immigration imposes a net fiscal burden of (115,894,597,664)USD.




This means that the U.S. recoups only 14 percent of the amount expended annually on illegal aliens, leaving everyone else to foot the bill. These are lost funds, which if recouped, could be put into healthcare, schools, veterans, small business, and programs that actually help legal immigrants.

This cost analysis does not even include other expensive factors such as:

• American jobs lost
• How commerce is affected due to remittance
• The diseases that are introduced into communities
• Women and children who are raped and murdered by gangs
• The cost of illegal drugs that are trafficked through



Open borders have a ripple effect throughout communities in the United States. Law enforcement has to tackle more drug, violence, and child trafficking problems than ever before. A $5 billion border wall is an investment into the lives of the people who live, work and play in the United States. Will a wall fix all the problems with a broken immigration system?

Likely no, but the wall will help ensure the safety and security of Americans for generations to come. Migrant caravans cannot pour into the country and demand that U.S taxpayers foot the cost. This is an unsustainable way to run a country and is a disservice to the people who live and work in the U.S.

Charitable aid is a great thing, but the U.S. should not be disrespected and abused by the rest of the world. In order for the U.S. to continue to be an inclusive country, we must first protect our borders and establish a merit-based system for those who want to come in legally. Open borders cost billions of dollars — and they cost lives. — Lance D. Johnson

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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12 Comments on Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers $155 billion per year… building a wall could pay for itself almost immediately

  1. Democrats don’t like things that pay for themselves. At all.

  2. And that doesn’t include all the costs associated with illegal aliens molesting, raping, seriously injuring, killing or murdering Americans in numbers that would shock most people – if they only knew. Here’s a poster with the pictures names, and state where died, of 180 Americans killed by illegal aliens. Note all the children.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/E443Ka3

  3. And now remember half the country thinks Democrats ought to be running things. That’s where we are today

  4. Richard Daugherty // December 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm // Reply

    We have a Senate and Congress asleep at the wheel or is this by design?? They did ship our jobs to China.

  5. Yeah, I have something to say! After reading this, why would any rational, intelligent, adult not agree? Well, here is one answer, Homeland Security, hospitals, county school systems, and local law enforcement all want the amount of dollars to keep increasing forever.

  6. True statement but you forget one thing, probably 150 billion of that amount are illegals ALREADY inside the country and who have and will continue leeching for decades to come. You have to get rid of the illegals HERE in order to save the country, which will never ever happen because the world is under the power and propaganda of the antichrist now. I have come to understand that all of Trump’s promises are just words, he truly has no power to do anything, one simple judge anywhere in the country has been proven to be able to overturn ANYTHING he trys to implement. The country is ruled by the Antichrist judge/court/media system, not any president unless they go along with the agenda of those antichrists who truly rule, the judges, courts and media.

  7. As long as we allow anchor babies, this will never stop. And this article fails to speak of the illegals who do work here with the IRS issued “ITIN” number. Yes the days of getting paid under the table are long gone. They just trot on over to the IRS and get aTax ID and companies accept it. That’s the other issue. Low wages which attracts the peasants. Then the illegals file taxes and get all their money back via child tax credits. They have it made…. Do your research. They can even buy a house through NACA and citibank who approves the mortgage at one percent lower than the going rate and no mortgage insurance and no money down all with their IRS issued ITIN. How about that….

  8. ebenezeer Jones // December 16, 2018 at 8:19 am // Reply

    As long as we allow anchor babies and chain migration this will never stop.

  9. Gordon Carbs // December 16, 2018 at 9:59 am // Reply

    Tax any and ALL remittances being sent back “home”, further funding the wall, somewhat making up for the abuse of free “services” too. Hitting heavily in the wallet may cause some to rethink the “gaming the system” process going on.

  10. Freeland Dave // December 16, 2018 at 10:25 am // Reply

    Considering that we spend roughly $14 billion to build a complex Air Craft Carrier a wall shouldn’t be all that expensive or difficult to do. So what is the real problem here Congress?

  11. We’re not discussing whether illegal immigration will be stopped or not. We’re negotiating the price.

    The cheapest price is we build an effective wall, require e-Verify, hunt down and expel illegals already here, end birthright citizenship and chain migration. NO amnesty: If you are here illegally you don’t get to the head of the line — you either go home or get locked up here.

    The highest price is our country becomes a 3rd world s…hole comparable to where they all came from and immigrants who still can, go home. NOBODY comes here anymore.

    In between are various deals that will be ugly, mostly outside our laws and Constitution, and leave even our two pro-illegal political parties wishing they’d chosen the cheap alternative when it was available.

    The choice is up to Congress — for now. Once it’s taken from their hands — and it WILL BE — they won’t get a do-over, so let’s hope they choose wisely.

  12. As long as the cost is not out of the DEM’S a personal pocket its not going to stop, spending your money they like better, so if we identify where our tax money should be going to i.e.not for illegals, POTUS should make a law that says where we can direct out tax money i.e. Military, SS, infrastructure, agriculture, and so on, let the people say where the tax money goes not the thief in congress. should be an option on the tax return form.

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