According to a study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration would cost American taxpayers more in 2022 than former President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.
According to the analysis, the $20.4 billion cost of the 1.3 million illegal immigrants who were allowed to enter the nation during the Biden administration would be paid by taxpayers, with each immigrant costing $9,232 year.
The building of a border wall would have been funded with $15 billion by the Trump administration. However, on his first day in office, President Biden cut off the financing for the border wall, halting its construction.
In response to a record-breaking increase in illegal immigration, Biden recently instructed the secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop plans to fund the border wall. However, it appears that Biden has not implemented many recent construction plans.
Over 1.9 million migrants were intercepted at the southern border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) between October 2021 and July 2022.
James Lankford, a Republican senator from Oklahoma, said in July 2021 that the Biden administration had been paying DOD contractors almost $3 million per day since January 2021 to delay completion of the southern border wall’s construction.
In December, the Biden administration announced that it would start patching up the border wall in Yuma, Arizona. In August, the holes were still there, prompting Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to fill them with shipping containers.
Greg Abbott, a Republican governor of Texas, has likewise substituted shipping containers for the border wall.
The extra $20.4 billion that the Biden Border Crisis has burdened American taxpayers with remains startling, according to FAIR President Dan Stein, who stated in a statement on Tuesday that expenditure packages totaling a trillion dollars are now considered reasonable. “Instead of paying for the expenses of the spike in illegal immigration brought on by this administration’s actions, $20.4 billion might address some very vital needs of the American people.”
The “Public Charge Rule” was recently modified by the Biden administration to let illegal immigrants obtain certain public services without fear of being deported. Noncitizens are subject to the regulation because they are “prone at any point to become a public charge.”
“We are thrilled and pleased to see that the Biden administration has updated the brutal weaponization of public charge used by the previous government.” Immediate Past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Allen Orr recently described the rule change as “allowing our borders to stay open to a significant percentage of the globe where people struggle and seek the American dream.”
The DCNF’s request for comment from DHS was not immediately met with a response.