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White House Considering Remittance Tax to Fund Border Wall

White House Considering Remittance Tax to Fund Border Wall
(Tim Brakemeier/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 31 August 2017 03:39 PM

President Donald Trump is weighing a tax on monetary transfers between immigrants in the U.S. and relatives in Mexico to raise funds for his planned border wall, the Washington Examiner reports. 

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., told the Examiner that he proposed a bill in March that would impose a 2 percent tax on cash transfer from "anybody who remits to South America," but is trapped in committees.

"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," he said last March in a press release.

"I went over and met with the deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn in the White House about two weeks before we left for recess and he told me that they're trying to come up with a package of bills or pay-fors and hopes mine will be part of that," Rogers said Wednesday. "My understanding is that they're trying to find a way to make sure that the money comes from money that would have gone to Mexico otherwise."

Dearborn did not respond to request for comment, though the Examiner notes that an administration official described him as a driving force for the border wall.

"It's my hope that the president will wait until late October before he brings this up, giving us time to work on tax reform and the infrastructure bill," Rogers added, "because when he really makes paying for the wall the dominant theme, it's going to be very politically explosive."

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