Many Conservatives think the grandiose southern border wall will help halt illegal immigration. Many Liberals think it’s a terrible idea and the money could go to more productive ideas.
Most everyone else thinks its highly unnecessary.
Donald Trump’s immigration plan is not supported by a majority of Americans. A poll from the Pew Research Center showed that a whopping 61% of voters are not in favor of his proposal to build a wall along the border and deport all illegal immigrants. Building it would have to span over 2,000 miles of rough terrain – including mountains, towns, and people’s homes. Not only that, but the wall would cost over $25 billion (estimation here), not including costs to staff security and patrol. Furthermore, Politifact estimated that up to 40% of undocumented immigrants didn’t even sneak across the border; they arrived by plane and simply overstayed their Visa.
The United States already spends about $7 billion (Homeland Expenditures) on border guards, inspectors, vehicles, drones, boats, watch towers, etc and a wall wouldn’t do much to help.
A recent Monmouth University Poll showed that 69% of voters don’t even feel threatened by illegal aliens in the United States. Population growth and illegal immigration have drastically slowed down. As of 2000, the number of illegal border crossings was 1,676,440. In 2015, that number was only 337,117.
Undocumented immigrants make up 5.1% of the workforce, according to Pew Research Center. If we deported every single illegal immigrant like Trump proposes, there would not be enough people to replace those jobs. The cost to deport these estimated 11 million immigrants would be between $400 and $600 billion. These workers are also much more likely to occupy positions that other American citizens would not; maids, farmers, and construction workers and less likely to work in business, finance, and management. On average, American born workers are more likely to take higher-skilled positions (more pay) because illegal immigrants occupy a majority of the lower level jobs that Americans wouldn’t take. Yes, they may be taking some of our jobs, but they are taking them in a multi-beneficial manner.
66% of Trump supporters still view immigration as a big problem, according to a Pew poll. The fact is, illegal immigration isn’t even as big a problem as Trump and his supporters believe it to be. The United States is not being taken over by illegal immigrants. Immigrants do pay taxes; every time they purchase something, every time they rent a home, and even on their paycheck. Since they are undocumented, they don’t receive Social Security, welfare, or food stamps. So, in reality, they are boosting the availability of these programs for other people because they can’t take advantage of them. They’re not criminals either: the violent crime rate from 1990 to 2010 dropped 45% even though the rate of illegal immigration almost tripled in that time span.
But hey, maybe Mexico will pay for it.