GOP Rep. Introduces Bill That Would Fine Mexico to Pay for the Wall
A border state Republican congressman is introducing a bill that would effectively use foreign funds to help pay for President Trump's planned wall on the Mexican border.
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona authored House Resolution 6657, which would establish a separate U.S. Treasury account to "hold deposits to be used to secure the southern border of the United States."
Republican Reps. Scott Des Jarlais of Tennessee, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Paul Gosar of Arizona have signed on as co-sponsors.
Biggs said in a statement obtained by The Washington Examiner that "even with a Republican-controlled [Congress], 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."
Today I introduced the "Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act" to fully fund, complete, and pay for the border wall, while giving Border Patrol agents the resources they need to do their jobs.
STATEMENT: https://t.co/i6rrscpyiI #BuildTheWall #SecureTheBorder pic.twitter.com/lVXAX0Dv1B
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) August 7, 2018
Biggs' "Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act" would penalize the governments of countries from which illegal immigrants emigrate.
The country would have $2,000 in foreign aid withheld for every illegal immigrant captured by American authorities.
The bill would also tax Western Union transfers wherein the recipient is in a foreign country, with the proceeds going to a border wall fund.
"We must keep our promises to the American people," Biggs said in the statement.
Trump 2020 campaign adviser Harlan Hill praised Biggs' legislation, saying that the Mexican government should "step up to the plate" and help curb illegal immigration to the United States.
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