The Trump administration has begun the arduous process of working to fund and create the border wall along the Mexican and American border line that was promised during the campaign. Bids for who will complete the project are underway. Discussion over who will pay for it have been highly divisive. Originally the President said Mexico would pay for it but then backtracked and said we would but Mexico would pay us back with subsidies and tariffs. Now an Alabama legislator is proposing a different way of funding the wall.
An Alabama Republican has proposed to fund the border wall by charging illegal immigrants who live here in the United States. His name is Rep. Mike Rogers and he unveiled the bill on the House floor this past Thursday. The bill would tax money transfers from the United States to countries overseas at a two percent rate.
The bill is called the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017. The remittance charges would be focused on forty different countries in the Central and South America region. That money would then be reallocated towards funding the border wall. Rep. Rogers said the following in a statement on the issue,
“President Trump has made it very clear that he intends to complete a wall along our southern border. As a senior member of the Homeland Security committee, I have long supported the border wall, which will protect Americans. In order to jumpstart the funding of the wall, I have introduced a bill to impose a 2 percent fee on remittances sent south of the border.
This bill is simple – anyone who sends their money to countries that benefit from our porous borders and illegal immigration should be responsible for providing some of the funds needed to complete the wall. This bill keeps money in the American economy, and most importantly, it creates a funding stream to build the wall.”
Despite this bill, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said just this past week that spending for the border wall would not be anywhere in the budget. Even though the President has indicated they wish to start the border wall construction this year. Ryan told a reporter with CBS News the following,
“The big chunk of money for the wall, really, is … next fiscal year’s appropriations because they literally can’t start construction even this quickly.”
American taxpayers should not bear the brunt of this appropriations bill when it was the Obama administration who allowed illegal aliens to infiltrate our country to the point where we need a wall. Americans cannot afford this and don’t deserve it. If illegal aliens choose to remain here then it seems only fair they bear the brunt of the cost of the wall.
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