A new bill to fund the border wall was introduced this week by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ). The bill would fine countries like Mexico and others that either ignore or willfully allow their citizens to “illegally” enter into the United States.
The bill titled the “Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act” seeks to fine countries $2,000 for each of their citizens “illegally” crossing our border.
Estimates by Border Patrol Agents and Homeland Security of illegal immigrants caught crossing annually into the U.S. are around 400,000, which leads to about $800,000 in additional revenue towards building the wall per year.
The fine would reduce whatever foreign aid we normally give that country and redirect those funds to building the wall.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, the US gives only $320 million in aid to various programs in Mexico annually, so the wall funding would be essentially capped around that figure.
In announcing the new bill, Briggs said, “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.”
Adding, “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.”
Briggs concluded his remarks by urging lawmakers to finally pass a bill that will guarantee our national security saying, “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 lawmaker has also found another innovative way in securing additional funds for the wall by proposing additional fees on Americans wiring money overseas and increasing the fees for tourist’s I-94 forms from $6 to $25.
However, a similar bill introduced in the House on March 30th 2017 by Congressman Mike Rogers, titled H.R. 1813: Border Wall Funding Act of 2017, is apparently stalled and still waiting for a roll call vote by lawmakers.
The bill supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), would also implement a 2% tax on all remittances that are heading south of the U.S. border.
Remittances or wire transfers are usually used by immigrants in the U.S. when sending cash to family and friends in their home countries
At the time the bill was introduced Rogers explained, “In order to jumpstart the funding of the wall, I have introduced a bill to impose a 2% 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.”
However, this bill still sits without a vote in sight. Democrats obviously will not vote for any bill that will help fund the wall. They’ve become the party of resistance, advocating open borders and the elimination of ICE.
The president has estimated that the price-tag to build the wall would cost between $8 to 12 billion.