Argument: Costs of deportation made up for by savings to taxpayers

Issue Report: Deporting illegal immigrants in the US


Edwin S. Rubenstein, MA, President of Edwin S. Rubenstein (ESR) Research Economic Consultants, in a Jan. 26, 2006 article entitled “No-one’s Suggesting Mass Deportation—But It Would Pay For Itself,”: “even if $206 billion was a reasonable cost estimate, mass deportation would be well worth it. Just consider the economic burden illegal aliens impose on the rest of us… Total fiscal benefits of deportation are thus estimated at $51 billion per year… At this rate, mass deportation would pay for itself in about four years. Plus, of course, we’d get America back.”[1]