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Can We Afford $600 Billion Dollars to Seal the Border?

March 07, 2015 (1 min read)

"We examine the budgetary and economic implications of alternative strategies to addressing undocumented immigrants.  In particular, we focus on the implications of immediately and fully enforcing current law, and find that it would be fiscally and economically costly.  The federal government would have to spend roughly $400 billion to $600 billion to address the 11.2 million undocumented immigrants and prevent future unlawful entry into the United States.  In order to remove all undocumented immigrants, each immigrant would have to be apprehended, detained, legally processed, and transported to his or her home country.  In turn, this would shrink the labor force by 11 million workers and reduce real GDP by $1.6 trillion." - Ben Gitis, Laura Collins, March 6, 2015.