The Border Wall: 21 billion dollars for a project that will actually harm the U.S. econonomy and eliminate jobs

With the intent of trying to bring actual facts to bear on current debates in American politics, I started looking for information on the impact of illegal immigration on the American economy and, in particular, on blue collar jobs.

After all, the president is proposing to spend 2 billion this year on a wall to keep out illegal immigrants; and that’s just a down payment on the eventual 21 billion dollars it will ultimately cost.  To keep the budget “deficit neutral”, that money is being reallocated from other areas, resulting in cuts that will have a profound impact on programs that help working families, on environmental safety, on biomedical research and on America’s influence abroad.

So it seems reasonable to ask, what is the problem the border wall is intended to solve?  Does the fact that people can sneak into the United States overland without a visa pose a sufficient threat to justify spending that much of our hard-earned money to prevent it? Continue reading “The Border Wall: 21 billion dollars for a project that will actually harm the U.S. econonomy and eliminate jobs”