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February 11, 2007

Border Fence Could Cost $49 Billion

If the United States government actually decides to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, the final cost could be as much as $49 billion over the next 25 years. And, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the nonpartisan research arm of Congress, even then the fence might not effectively protect the border against drug smugglers and others who want to cross the border undetected. The $49 billion price tag is based on estimates from the Army Corps of Engineerswhich helped build the existing 14-mile long fence in San Diegoand would cover the cost of the 700-mile fence Congress authorized last year. But the U.S. has a 1,952-mile long border with Mexico. So, CRS suggests, a $49 billion, 700-mile border fence really would not be effective in preventing people from crossing the border illegally.

The pdf version of the CRS report is available at; http://www.ailf.org/ipc/spotlight/spotlight_020807.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at February 11, 2007 02:34 PM

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