If President Trump’s border wall stopped just 10 percent of new illegal immigrants it would pay for itself by saving American taxpayers from spending money on services for those migrants over their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
The center, which advocates for a crackdown on immigration, said illegal border crossers are a net drain of nearly $75,000 per person over their lifetimes. Stopping just 200,000 border-jumpers over the next decade would save some $15 billion.
The better the wall does at stopping people, the more money it saves taxpayers, the report said.
“If a wall stopped half of those expected to successfully enter illegally without going through a port of entry at the southern border over the next 10 years, it would save taxpayers nearly $64 billion — several times the wall’s cost,” Steven A. Camarota, a demographer and the report’s author, wrote.
The figure for the cost of illegal immigrant border-crossers comes from a recent National Academy of Sciences report. It covers federal, state and local spending and benefits for illegal immigrants.