Saying that he is keeping a campaign promise he and President Donald Trump made, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act on Wednesday. Biggs’ bill fully funds, completes, and pays for the border wall.
Biggs’ says the bill will also give Border Patrol agents the resources they need to do their jobs.
“Border security was one of the primary issues of the 2016 campaign. Americans believed us when we promised to build the wall, secure our border, and enforce our laws,” stated Biggs.
“Even with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, we have failed to secure the funds for the border wall. In the meantime, our Border Patrol agents suffer demoralizing losses of resources and personnel,” continued Biggs. “Some in Congress view border security as leverage for an amnesty deal, but that would turn a crisis into a catastrophe.”
“We must fund, start, and complete the border wall without further delay,” concluded Biggs, who encouraged his colleagues to support his legislation.
According to Biggs, the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act accomplishes seven things that he says are “vital” for border security:
Creates a fund to build the wall;
Instructs the Secretary of Homeland Security to take such actions as may be necessary to design, test, construct, and install physical barriers, roads, and technology along the international land border between the United States and Mexico to prevent illegal crossings in all areas;
Penalizes foreign aid to Mexico and other countries by $2,000 for every illegal alien that is apprehended. The held back funds are redirected to the border wall fund;
Charges a fee for all money transfers when receivers are outside the United States. Collected fees go to the border wall fund;
Increases I-94 fees from $6 to $25. The higher fees fund Border Patrol salaries and the border wall fund;
Provides regulatory relief from burdensome actions that could be used to prevent wall construction;
Restores overtime pay for Border Patrol at same rate as all other DHS law enforcement agencies (restoring Fair Labor Standards Act).