Ga. Republican signs on to bill taxing illegal aliens to pay for border wall
As President Trump moves to find a solution to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a new resolution has been introduced in Congress that would tax illegal immigrants in order to pay for the project. Georgia Congressman Austin Scott is among eight who have signed on as co-sponsors.
“Border Wall Funding Act of 2017,” first introduced by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, would impose a 2 percent fee on all money sent south of the nation’s border.
When asked about his support of the legislation, a spokeswoman for Rep. Scott said that the Georgia Congressman is “committed to strengthening our border security and enforcement and funding it without adding to the deficit.”
The bill, introduced on Thursday, was referred to the House Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary Committees.
According to The Economist, Mexico received nearly $25 billion in remittances, or wire transfers, in 2015. 98 percent of that money reportedly came from the United States.
In the past, the President has floated the idea of penalizing remittances in order to get Mexico to pay for the border wall. In a memo published by Trump’s campaign in April of 2016, it was suggested that remittances would be made illegal for non-citizens.
“…Mexico will immediately protest,” the memo stated. “They receive approximately $24 billion a year in remittances from Mexican nationals working in the United States. The majority of that amount comes from illegal aliens. It serves as de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico. There is no significant social safety net provided by the state in Mexico.”