Tuesday, January 15, 2019

We Could Build 2 Border Walls By Just Eliminating 'Improper Payments' — Audit Shows

Waste: Critics of building a border wall claim that it would be ineffective at deterring illegal immigration. That's not true. But Congress could easily finance the wall by cutting federal programs that are ineffective.
"Wasteful" and "ineffective" are the adjectives now routinely attached to any discussion of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
But a wall would be effective. Even President Obama's head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, admitted as much. When asked in an interview with Public Radio International if the "physical barrier" built south of Yuma, Ariz., had been effective, her answer was "yes."
Border wall on the California side near Yuma, Ariz.
(Photo: Eric Thayer for Yahoo News)
In fact, illegal crossings dropped by 95% in Yuma after that barrier went up. Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke says "crime has significantly decreased in the Yuma area."
Likewise, illegal crossings into San Diego, El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., plunged once physical barriers were in place.
$141 Billion In 'Improper Payments' --->
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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