JANUARY 23, 2018 PEW RESEARCH CENTER
 
Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2016.

Remittances are not part of any nations GDP, however they do contribute to purchasing power and spending by augmenting individual incomes.

$138,165,000,000 in remittances was sent from United States to other countries in 2016

$6,547,000,000 in remittances was sent to United States from other countries in 2016

That’s a deficit to the USA of 131,618,000,000 (or 132 billion dollars) of wages paid in the USA sent to other countries). Yet, the USA can’t spend 5 billion dollars to secure our southern border in order to control immigration, which cost the USA 132 billion dollars in essentially lost revenue created by migrant workers year after year. They deplete the country’s social service resources in addition to sending 132 billion of what they make back to their countries of origin.