The skyrocketing cost of securing the southern border, in one chart

Shawn Langlois
The skyrocketing cost of securing the southern border, in one chart

In 1990, the Border Patrol budget came in at $263 million. Three decades later, and that figure, with immigration a hot-button topic ahead of the 2020 election, has surged to $4.7 billion, according to the Department of Homeland Security.