The Obama Administration wants money from Congress to help with the crisis at the Texas-Mexico border. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said the President wants 3.7 billion dollars to help with the crisis.
“There is an urgent situation to respond to. We hope that Congress will act quickly on this request,” Earnest said. “Both Democrats and Republicans could agree we are seeing an emergency situation there.”
But Jessica Vaughan at the Center for Immigration Studies told KTRH that $3.7 billion won't be enough.
“We don’t know what the exact cost will be for taxpayers. We do know it’s going to be very, very high,” Vaughan said. “It’s a drop in the bucket.”
And how high could it wind up being?
“It can cost $10B a year just in federal costs, with additional costs for local taxpayers,” Vaughan stated.
Vaughan says there is a better way to deal with this than simply asking for money.
“The most cost effective way to deal with this is to work with Mexico and other governments in Central America to try and intercept these people before they arrive,” Vaughan explained.
Vaughan says the communities where these illegal immigrants wind up are going to have to deal with a very large burden at the end of the day.