As the presidential election cycle continues on, discussion over America’s immigration system has dominated the headlines. With candidates like Donald Trump calling on a mass deportation of undocumented workers, it’s worth it to look at the cost of this action.
Yet, because there are millions of undocumented workers in the U.S., keeping low profiles, the economic impact of their presence can be difficult to solidify. However, the cost of deporting all of the undocumented workers would be large. Some estimate that removing the entire population of undocumented workers in the U.S. could possibly wipe out a portion of the economy that is proportional in size to that domestic product of Texas.
According to the American Action Forum, in their report released in March, estimated that it would be between $100 billion and $300 billion to arrest and remove all of the undocumented workers in America, and “a process that we estimate would take 20 years.” Furthermore, it would cost an additional $315 billion in enforcement costs.