President Donald Trump says that so far this year, more than 25 million people living in the United States without legal permission have imposed costs exceeding $18 billion. Do those figures add up?
Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer. Selby says the president made his claim on Twitter. He gave numbers that he said represented the total cost of those immigrants to the nation this year, and on a specific day. He also said the number of immigrants in this country without documentation was more than 25 million.
We are not even into February and the cost of illegal immigration so far this year is $18,959,495,168. Cost Friday was $603,331,392. There are at least 25,772,342 illegal aliens, not the 11,000,000 that have been reported for years, in our Country. So ridiculous! DHS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2019
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Written by Sara Schleede.