Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act
On August 7, 2018, Arizona freshman House of Representatives member Andy Biggs (apparently a $10 million recipient of a Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes winner in the 1990s, before "retiring" from being a "general practice" attorney, and entering state politics in 2003), introduced the Fund and Complete the Border Wall bill.
The principal feature of the bill is the creation of a "Secure the Southern Border" fund. Monies in the fund are to be used only for
(a) planning, building and maintaining barriers along the US-Mexico border and
(b) US Border Patrol vehicle and equipment.
It is to be funded by
(i) a $2000 fee on each apprehended alien illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, taken as deduction in foreign aid to that alien's country of nationality, and
(ii) a 5% fee on each international remittance from US, collected by the transfer provider.
The bill also amends the 1996 IIRAIRA law so as to expedite construction of US-Mexico border barriers.
As of September, 2018, it has 12 Republican co-sponsors, but has yet to be acted upon at the committee level. Two Republican senators (Corker, Cornyn) have expressed skepticism. The Govtrack site gives it a 2% chance of passage.
Details and links from Govtrack
Analysis of CIS
Summaries and links from On the Issues.
This page last updated 17 October, 2018