“Even in an age in which trillion dollar spending packages and are considered modest, the additional $20.4 billion the Biden Border Crisis has heaped onto the backs of American taxpayers is still staggering,” Dan Stein, president of FAIR, said in a statement. “$20.4 billion could address some very important needs of the American public, instead of covering the costs of the surge of illegal migration triggered by this administration’s policies.”

Border Patrol chief says border crisis a result of Biden’s ‘no consequences’ policy for illegal migrants in deposition video obtained by Fox News Digital

The analysis comes amid continued conservative and Republican criticism of the Biden administration’s border policies — which they have blamed for fueling the crisis by encouraging migrants to make the journey north. They argue that the policies have made it easier for migrants to enter the U.S. and be released, while simultaneously reducing interior enforcement.

The Biden administration has stressed that it is seeking to solve the “root causes” of the crisis, like poverty, violence and corruption in Central America. It has touted additional funding for Homeland Security as well as a recent anti-smuggling operation, while claiming its interior enforcement focuses on immediate threats to public safety and national security.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who is leading diplomatic outreach to combat root causes, defended the Biden administration’s policies on Sunday — and claimed that the border is “secure,” while calling for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

“I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do, the first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship,” Harris said on “Meet the Press.” “The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.”