Because millions of undocumented workers seek to keep a low profile, the economic impact of their presence—and the cost of removing them—is difficult to pin down.
But the cost would be huge. By one estimate, removing the entire population of undocumented workers now in the U.S. would wipe out a chunk of the American economy roughly the size of the annual gross domestic product of Texas….
In March, American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute led by former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, estimated it would take between $100 billion and $300 billion to arrest and remove “all undocumented immigrants residing in the country, a process that we estimate would take 20 years,” the group said.
Every person deported gets a hearing and likely appeal. On Fox News, Andrew Napolitano detailed that the most deportations the United States has conducted in a single year is 250,000. Deporting the estimated eleven to thirteen million illegals in the United States would take between 44 and 52 years if calculated using math. Deporting undocumented workers would be very costly. And take a long, long time.