Has Illegal Immigration Cost the United States $18 Billion in 2019?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartJanuary 30, 2019 2:11 pm,

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.

Hear how Trump’s claim scored in the player above.


Written by Sara Schleede.