Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Instead of $21.6 B for a border wall, let's do something else...

Wall already exists on Mexico border, cost over $1 M per mile and more. [Nogales, AZ]

Reports give an internal DHS cost estimate of $21.6 billion to construct a 2,000 mile wall on the southern border.

What could we do with that money?

$21.6 billion would be enough money to extend the Pell program year-round, helping career-focused students complete their degrees and get on the job. They'd be enough left over to train 2 million Americans for careers in high skill industries.  

It would be enough for a massive infusion to protect public and private cyber networks from malicious attacks, and help local law enforcement agencies keep communities safe.

Spending this much money on a border wall without exhaustive review and analysis would be a tragic misallocation of resources and a clear example of misplaced priorities.

More people without documents enter the nation legally and then overstay their visa than do those who enter through the southern border. 

So, okay--it's YOUR turn. What would YOU like to see us spend $21.6 Billion on? 

Post your wish list in the comments!

Thanks to Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Nita Lowey (NY-17) for this financial data.

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