Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) just introduced a bill that uses foreign nation aid penalties to fund the construction of the border wall that runs across Texas, Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The bill targets Mexico for the wall’s funding and President Trump is likely thrilled.
The law would remove $2,000 in foreign aid from any country that’s residents illegally cross into the United States. Yes, you read that correctly, $2,000 in foreign aid removal per illegal entry.
And there’s more…
In addition to the foreign aid penalty, fees on outgoing international wires and I-94 applications would also be assessed. The I-94 fees will rise from $6 to $25. The division of the increased fee pot has $6 allocated to the Land Border Inspection Fee Account and $9 directed to Secure the Southern Border Fund and $10 will help fund Border Patrol agent salaries. This would have the effect of re-issuing Border Agent overtime pay.
Biggs says he wants the wall built by the end of next year and says that the Federal Government needs to remove environmental policy hurdles as a way to expedite the build.
“Border security was one of the primary issues of the 2016 campaign,” Biggs said in a prepared statement obtained by The Hill. “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 added. “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.”
The question now is, will any Republicans (think Ryan and Mcconnell) object to the bill?
Democrats are likely to contest the environmental policies which help to slow down any potential construction process.
President Trump is likely to want the bill passed as soon as possible, considering crucial midterm elections are on the horizon and the “border wall that Mexico will pay for” is one of his most pronounced agenda items. Let’s be honest, the bill targets Mexico in foreign aid more than any other country. Trump would relish in the idea that he could claim he found a way to fulfill a promise that all Democrats and a number of Conservatives exclaimed as impossible.
President Trump won the 2016 election in part to his strong border control rhetoric. At the core of that message was his border wall initiative that he claims “Mexico will pay for.”
It seems, in some ways, the outlandish proposal of forcing a foreign government to pay for America’s border wall just got a whole lot less outlandish.
Author: Jim Satney
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