President-elect Joe Biden may save $2.6 billion if he retains his pledge to finish building of the southern border wall, based on an Army Corps of Engineers estimate. But media experiences glossed over, or just ignored, the much larger prices of such (in)motion.
the purported financial savings would sacrifice safety as a result of a big share of
the development contracts embrace high-speed roads and advanced-technology
parts – all of that are broadly accepted as helpful in stopping unlawful
present contacts must be paid in compliance with cancellation
clauses. Hundreds of 1000’s of tons of metal must be saved or
dumped, and ravines that had been dug in preparation for building would
must be refilled. Those prices haven’t been calculated, however may run well
into the tens of thousands and thousands of money.
Potentially including to the tab are pending lawsuits over use of Defense Department funds in wall building. If they prevail in courtroom, wall opponents say they are going to demand demolition of any sections constructed with Pentagon cash. “Biden could then face the choice of having to defend the Trump construction, or tearing down hundreds of miles of barriers,” the Washington Times reported.
And how about the price of not finishing the wall? Failing to fortify the southern border will imply extra unlawful aliens coming into this nation unimpeded. Stopping them will end in financial savings far larger than $2.6 billion. In 2017, FAIR estimated that unlawful immigration prices taxpayers $135 billion yearly, an expense that grows yearly. The wall is a one-time price.
Beyond the money, what does America acquire from a less-secure southern border? Biden, who campaigned on the slogan “Build Back Better,” wants to elucidate his pondering on this.