The Causes and Costs of Illegal Immigration through the United States’ Southwest Border

The Causes and Costs of Illegal Immigration through the United States’ Southwest Border by Peter Navarro
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Illegal migration has vexed the United States for decades. Donald Trump prevailed in 2016 largely on a promise to finally confront this massive threat to America’s sovereignty and prosperity. His first term accomplishments proved the efficacy of smart, tough policies regarding immigration and border defense. But with a Biden presidency, powerful interests align to roll back the Trump progress and regress to an era of porous borders and nearly open-ended migration into America. Such a retreat will reward big business seeking cheap labor and the Democratic party luring new constituents. But a massive new inflow of migrants, both legal and illegal, will bring grave harm to working class Americans, lowering wages, inflicting gigantic costs upon taxpayers, and jeopardizing US national security.


All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. ~ President Bill Clinton, 19951

President Trump and his Administration took decisive action to handle a dangerous influx of illegal aliens which had plagued our nation for decades with spikes in violent crimes such as homicides, robbery, sex offenses, and kidnappings,2 and costs Americans over $100 billion annually.3 As of January 2021, over 450 miles of border wall had been erected,4 harmful sanctuary city, refugee resettlement, and catch-and-release policies had been reformed, and as evidence of their effectiveness, illegal immigration crossings where our border wall is constructed are down by 87%.5

However, after the Biden Regime was installed after an election rampant with voting irregularities, the Open Border Left wasted no time in unravelling many of the actions Donald J. Trump invoked to keep our borders strong and secure.

For example, the Biden Regime revokes President Trump’s 2017 Executive Orders to defund sanctuary cities and strengthen immigration laws,6 and to install a travel ban on individuals that come from nations that support terrorism.

The US government has spent nearly $1 billion maintaining a wall around the US Capitol building, paradoxically proving the efficacy of physical protective barriers. Simultaneously, the Biden- Harris Regime halts construction of President Trump’s border wall7 – a critical deterrent component that had drastically decreased border trespassing over the past four years. Biden’s Open Borders initiatives will flood America with illegal laborers, at a time when over 10.7 million Americans8 are still suffering from unemployment due to the Chinese Communist Party Virus pandemic. Such unfair labor market competition will also put enormous downward pressure on wage growth for American citizens.

This special edition of the Navarro Report seeks to demonstrate and explain the following:

• Which countries are illegal aliens coming from and what are their demographic profiles?
• What forces incentivize these illegal aliens to migrate north in such large numbers and why is it so easy for illegal aliens to take up residence in the United States?
• What will be the likely fallout of illegal mass migration: facilitated by the Biden-Harris Regime on for American taxpayers, labor markets, American children in our K-12 public schools, and crime?
• How did the Trump Administration combat the dangers of mass illegal migration, mitigate the fiscal burden of illegal immigration, and what were the effects of these policies?

Before we address these questions, it is important to have a firm understanding of the scope of the problem of illegal immigration in the U.S.

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