Personal Liberty Poll
President Donald Trump vowed to make Mexico pay for his promised wall along the nation’s southern border—but he has yet to explain exactly how it would work. A Republican lawmaker from Alabama, meanwhile, is offering up a plan of his own.
Rep. Mike Rogers recently introduced legislation that would implement a 2 percent tax on all wire transfers headed to countries south of the border.
And the amount of money being sent isn’t chump change. In 2014, more than $24 billion poured into Mexico by way of the transfers and a handful of Central and South American countries receive more than 15 percent of their GDP via remittances.
“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,” Rogers said.
Rogers’ measure, which has the backing of fellow Alabama conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, comes as House Speaker Paul Ryan warns voters that the funds for the wall Trump promised simply aren’t there at the moment.
“The big chunk of money for the wall, really, is…next fiscal year’s appropriations because they literally can’t start construction even this quickly,” he said, addressing a Trump funding request.
The White House requested $1.4 billion for the current fiscal year to begin the initial stages of the wall project as soon as possible.