Trump’s Wall – True Cost and Economic Analysis

Construction on Hadrian’s wall began in 122 A.D. and was largely completed in six years. The wall was 73 miles long, roughly 10 feet wide and 16 to 20 feet high. Ditches, berms and forts rounded out the wall’s construction, while some 80 small forts known as milecastles, as well as 158 turrets, housed the Roman garrisons which supplied troops to man the wall.

One-thousand, eight-hundred and ninety-six years later, we’ve seen the building of many other, far larger walls, including the Great Wall of China, with is 13,171 miles long, far, far longer than our own southern border, upwards of 30 feet wide and 16 to 26 feet in height. But it was built over 2,089 years!

The wall proposed by President Trump is far more modest. Rather than bore you with details here, I’ll simply refer you to a New York Times article which states the DHS said the wall could cost $21.6 billion, but Senate Democrats claimed the wall would cost $70 billion to build and $150 million a year to maintain.

Fine, Dems. Let’s run with your numbers. That comes to $71.5 billion for the first 10 years, total, and $150 million per year thereafter. That’s $22 per person per year the first decade, followed by a whopping nickel ($0.05) per person per year thereafter.

But wait… Isn’t the wall supposed to be paying for itself? Well, let’s run those numbers, too!

Watchdog: $116 billion

Politifact: $43 billion

AZ Central: $15.6 billion

Well, that’s a rather wide spread, isn’t it! Let’s just cut to the chase and average these three figures: $58.2 Billion

Even with the Democrats rather inflated (by three times) cost of the wall, that’s still a payback period of just over 1 year. 1.23 years, to be precise. This means the wall is paying for itself each and every 1.23 years it’s in existence.

People, it doesn’t GET any better than this.


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