(National Sentinel) Border Wall Blues: During his 2016 campaign, then GOP-nominee Donald Trump said frequently that not only would he build a wall along the southwest border, but that Mexico would pay for it.
New legislation, if it passes, would actually spread the cost of the border wall among several Central and South American countries, not just Mexico.
The bill, called the “Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act,” was introduced this week by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ). It calls for fining nations $2,000 for each of their citizens who illegally cross into the U.S.
And with some 400,000 illegal immigrants caught crossing the border annually, that is $800 million per year towards the project.
But how to get ‘offending’ nations to pay their fines?
Biggs thought of that: His legislation calls for deducting said fines from their foreign aid and then reassigning that money to the construction of the border wall.
What’s more, the legislation imposes fees on Americans who wire funds to other countries while raising the fee for tourists’ 1-94 forms from $6 to $25.
“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,” said the Arizona Republican in a statement regarding his bill.
“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, he continued.
“Some in Congress view border security as leverage for an amnesty deal, but that would turn a crisis into a catastrophe,” Biggs added.
The lawmaker concluded by urging fellow lawmakers to support his bill.
“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,” he said.
The measure also restores overtime pay for Border Patrol agents that is commensurate with what other Homeland Security law enforcement agencies are receiving.
This ‘think outside the box’ bill has all upside and no downside, which is probably why it will die in committee.