WASHINGTON, March 12, 2018. – It seems that President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall could pay for itself by stopping illegals in the future. At least that is what the Center for Immigration Studies is reporting. The group says the $18 million barriers would cover its own cost by curbing the importation of crime, drugs, and illegal immigrants who often end up receiving federal welfare monies such as emergency medicaid.
Center for Immigration Studies: The Wall is an economic winner
Steven A. Camarota, the director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the New York Post the wall would pay for itself “even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling.”
The Department of Homeland Security forecasts some 1.7 million illegal immigrants crossing over the next decade. Therefore, if the wall stopped just 50 percent of those, Camarota says, taxpayers would save $64 billion.
While many illegal immigrants aren’t receiving welfare benefits directly, a lot are indirectly taking home benefits afforded to their American-born children.
“There is simply no question that households headed by illegal immigrants access a good deal of welfare,” Camarota said. “In fact, illegal immigrants’ use of some programs is quite high.”
The Wall is an economic winner: Stopping illegal immigrants reduces taxpayer burdens
On Monday morning, Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News that the southern barrier “will cut down on how much the taxpayer burden will be, which then will go straight into funding the wall.”
“It’s a brilliant way to go about it,” he said. “And that’s the business strategy that President Trump brings to the American people.”
Already in place and working effectively is the Bush administration’s two-story corrugated metal fence in El Paso, Texas. Federal data shows the wall effectively stopped illegal border crossings by more than 89 percent over the five-year period.
If Trump’s wall stops a relatively small percentage of estimated future illegal border crossing, as few as 200,000 future crossing, America would realize fiscal savings from welfare, public education, refundable tax credits and other benefits currently given to low-income, illegal immigrants.
And those savings would pay for the wall.
Show me the money from stopping illegal immigrants
Referencing the report Camarota explains the benefit to stopping illegals to the New York Post:
“…that illegal border-crossers from Mexico and Central America — who account for more than 75 percent of the illegal immigrant population in the US — are overwhelmingly poor, uneducated and lack English language and other skills. In fact, the average Latino illegal immigrant has less than a 10th-grade education. That means if they work, they tend to make low wages; and as a result, pay relatively little in taxes while using public services. And if they have children while in the US, they more often than not receive welfare benefits on behalf of those US-born children, who have the same welfare eligibility as any other citizen.”
Camarota also says”
“A large share of the welfare used by immigrant households is received on behalf of their US-born children. This is especially true of households headed by illegal immigrants.”
The vast majority of households headed by illegal immigrants are on welfare through their children.
“There is simply no question that households headed by illegal immigrants access a good deal of welfare. In fact, illegal immigrants’ use of some programs is quite high,” he says.
The US Census Bureau’s latest “survey of income and program participation” reports 62 percent of illegal-immigrant-headed households receive federal assistance. This is more than double the rate for households headed by native-born Americans. And that includes households where one or more workers are present in the household.
Data shows illegal immigrants use of US welfare are highest for food stamps and Medicaid. As a result part of Obamacare’s goal was to more broadly provide healthcare to this group, over middle-class America. Pregnant woman in the US illegally use health care welfare via a state-federal health insurance program for the poor that pays some $2 billion a year for emergency treatment with most of the money going to reimburse hospitals for births.
Emergency Medicaid being used by illegal immigrants for childbirth
According to the Jama Network, after studying the use of Emergency Medicaid by illegal aliens in North Carolina:
“A total of 48 391 individuals received services reimbursed under Emergency Medicaid during the 4-year period of this study. The patient population was 99% undocumented, 93% Hispanic, 95% female, and 89% in the 18- to 40-year age group. Total spending increased by 28% from 2001 through 2004, with more rapid spending increases among elderly (98%) and disabled (82%) patients. In 2004, childbirth and complications of pregnancy accounted for 82% of spending and 91% of hospitalizations. Injury, renal failure, gastrointestinal disease, and cardiovascular conditions were also prevalent.”
JAMA also reports that California hospitals receive some $2 billion of the Emergency Medicaid. The rest is spread mainly among a handful of states.
Spending Emergency Medicaid by state
A result of Emergency Medicaid spending, in 2011, for example:
- New York spent $528 million on Emergency Medicaid for nearly 30,000 people.
- Texas reported 240,000 claims costing $331 million. (One person could be responsible for multiple claims.)
- Florida spent $214 million on 31,000 patients.
- North Carolina spent $48 million on about 19,000 people.
- Arizona spent $115 million. It couldn’t break out the number of people.
- Illinois spent $25 million on the cost of care to nearly 2,000 people.
- The federal government doesn’t require states to report how many people receive services through Emergency Medicaid payments to hospitals.
(Source Jama Network).
Those infants, now US citizens are eligible for all US welfare and health care services. Camarota says the IRS pays out billions to illegal immigrants in refundable child tax credits and the earned income tax credit yearly.
The cost of the DREAM Act
Camarota also notes the cost of the DREAM Act is $26 billion in the first 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office most recent estimate is that 3 million DREAM Act recipients will receive $12 billion-plus in ObamaCare subsidies, more than $5.5 billion in Medicaid benefits, $5.5 billion in earned-income and child-tax credits and more than $2 billion in food stamps.
As a result, can America afford to not stop illegal immigration?
President Trump is in favor of tough border bills, including one by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley’s bill limits the number of DACA recipients to 1.8 million, reduces family visas and ends chain migration. It also phases out the diversity via lottery.
It allows DACA recipients to stay in the only country they know while stopping the influx of illegal aliens who do not necessarily provide a benefit to the US.
The question for America voters is do we spend $18 billion now to stem the tide of illegal aliens that are ready to drain America’s prosperity? Or do we drain the swamp of Democrats that put illegal aliens ahead of taxpaying Americans?
It’s your choice.