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Who's Going To Pay For That Wall Again ?

Turns out that getting Mexico to pay for the wall isn’t as hard as some might have you believe.  Some members of the congressional GOP delegation certainly don’t think so.

Rep. Mike Rogers, who represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District that includes Auburn, introduced HR 1813, titled Border Wall Funding Act of 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, March 30.

The Border Wall Funding Act would impose a 2 percent tax on all remittances — or wire transfers — sent from residents in the United States to recipients in more than 40 Latin American countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

“In order to jumpstart the funding of the wall, I have introduced a bill to impose a 2 percent fee on remittances sent south of the border,” Rogers said Thursday. “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

–The Plainsman.”

This is actually a much improved plan over the original in that it gets everyone here illegally not just Mexicans (Don’t for a moment it’s just Mexicans, I knew a Canadian mathematician that had a professorship and was here illegally). Whats more the amount could be very large indeed.

Estimates vary, but remittances from those in the U.S. to their relatives back home could top $130 billion a year. A 2 percent tax could net more than $2 billion a year if it applied to all money regardless of who’s sending it.

“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,” Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican, said in a statement. “This bill keeps money in the American economy, and most importantly, it creates a funding stream to build the wall.”

–The Washington Times

2 Billion plus ,not a bad start.