Kirsters Baish| One Republican GOP Representative has recently introduced a bill that would help fund President Trump’s coveted border wall between the southern border of the United States and Mexico. Representative from Arizona, Andy Biggs, is hoping the plan, which would tax Mexico for every single illegal that crosses over our border, goes through.
There are roughly 400,000 illegal aliens caught at the shared border between the United States and Mexico every single year. For taxes, this could mean an $800 million per year hike.
The border wall is speculated to cost around $25 billion to construct.
Biggs’ proposed legislation is called the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act. It pushes for construction on the wall to start in 2019. Some money would also go towards the United States Border Patrol.
The bill proposes the following changes and taxes as provided by Patriot Beat:
- Penalizes foreign aid to Mexico and other countries by $2,000 for every illegal alien that is apprehended. The held back funds are redirected to the border wall fund.
- Charges a fee for all money transfers when receivers are outside the United States. Collected fees go to the border wall fund.
- Increases I-94 fees from $6 to $25. The higher fees fund Border Patrol salaries and the border wall fund.
- Provides regulatory relief from burdensome actions that could be used to prevent wall construction.
- Restores overtime pay for Border Patrol at same rate as all other DHS law enforcement agencies (restoring Fair Labor Standards Act).
There have been other ideas on funding such as placing taxes on money that immigrants send back home to their families.
Biggs released a statement in which he said, “Even with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, we have failed to secure the funds for the border wall. In the meantime, our Border Patrol agents suffer demoralizing losses of resources and personnel. Some in Congress view border security as leverage for an amnesty deal, but that would turn a crisis into a catastrophe. This is why I introduced the ‘Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act.’ We must keep our promises to the American people. We must fund, start, and complete the border wall without further delay. I encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this legislation.”
The Hill reports:
Under the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act, countries would be penalized $2,000 in foreign aid for each person who illegally crosses into the U.S. Those funds would then be allocated toward border funding.
In addition to penalizing foreign aid, a fee would be placed on outgoing international wire transfers, and foreign travelers filling out I-94 application forms would see those fees increased from $6 to $25. The new amount would be reallocated with $6 for the Land Border Inspection Fee Account, $9 for the Secure the Southern Border Fund and $10 used for border patrol agents’ salaries.
The Hill explains that overtime pay for Border Patrol Agents would also be restored to match other Homeland Security law enforcement agencies’ pay. They would enforce this by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Biggs is hoping the wall will be finished by December of 2019.
He explained, “Border security was one of the primary issues of the 2016 campaign. Americans believed us when we promised to build the wall, secure our border, and enforce our laws.”
“Even with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, we have failed to secure the funds for the border wall,” he went on. “In the meantime, our Border Patrol agents suffer demoralizing losses of resources and personnel. Some in Congress view border security as leverage for an amnesty deal, but that would turn a crisis into a catastrophe.”