Securing Our Border

Illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and people across our borders wreaks havoc on our communities.

America First Policies believes the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and people across our porous borders is wreaking havoc on our communities. Immigration reform should mean putting the safety and security of the American people first and enforcing our nation’s laws. This includes protecting our southern border with a wall to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling; putting an end to sanctuary cities; and deporting illegal aliens with criminal records.

The Facts:

  • The net fiscal cost to taxpayers of the estimated 10 million adult illegal immigrants in the United States, if they were to receive amnesty, would be roughly $1.29 trillion, which factors out to $15,300 per U.S. household currently paying federal income tax. 
  • Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors in fiscal year 2013, more than 40 percent were filed in court districts neighboring the border. Nearly 22 percent were drug-related, 19.7 percent were violent crimes, and 10.2 percent involved white-collar offenses.
  • According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, its officers and Border Patrol Agents seized and/or disrupted more than 3.3 million pounds of narcotics across the country in fiscal year 2016, including approximately 46,000 pounds of methamphetamine, 4,800 pounds of heroin, and 440 pounds of fentanyl, with the vast majority of interdictions taking place along the Southwest land border.  

Background: 

Ray Walser and Jessica Zuckerman, “The Human Tragedy of Illegal Immigration: Greater Efforts Needed to Combat Smuggling and Violence,” Heritage Foundation, June 22, 2011, www.heritage.org/immigration/report/the-human-tragedy-illegal-immigration-greater-efforts-needed-combat-smuggling

Issue Brief: “Criminal Aliens,” Federation for American Immigration Reform, Last Updated August 2015, www.fairus.org/issue/criminal-aliens

Steven A. Camarota, “The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration,” Center for Immigration Studies, February 15, 2017, cis.org/The-Cost-of-a-Border-Wall-vs-the-Cost-of-Illegal-Immigration

Bryan Griffith and Jessica Vaughan, “Map: Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States,” Center for Immigration Studies, July 27, 2017, cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States

Read More: 

Dartunorro Clark, “House Passes Kate’s Law, Defunds Sanctuary Cities,” NBC News, June 29, 2017, www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/house-immigration-crackdown-n778141

Steven Shepard, “Poll: Majority of Voters Back Trump Travel Ban,” Politico, July 5, 2017, www.politico.com/story/2017/07/05/trump-travel-ban-poll-voters-240215?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170705_ADM_west-wing-read

Matt Richardson, “‘Illegal Immigration Is Not a Victimless Crime,’ ICE Acting Director Says,” Fox News Channel, July 24, 2017, www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/24/illegal-immigration-is-not-victimless-crime-ice-acting-director-says.html

Nick Miroff, "Border security is tougher than ever, DHS report finds," Washington Post, September 18, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/border-security-is-tougher-than-ever-dhs-report-finds/2017/09/18/5d198328-9a46-11e7-a527-3573bd073e02_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.add2503a73fe

"Efforts by DHS to Estimate Southwest Border Security between Ports of Entry," U.S. Department of Homeland Security Report, Office of Immigration Statistics, September 2017, https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/17_0914_estimates-of-border-security.pdf

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