David North | CIS
One of the frustrations of watching the new administration is its apparent inability to find funds — except from routine tax collections — to build the promised wall.
It’s estimated that it will cost $12-15 billion or more; the proposed FY 2018 budget includes $2.6 billion for the start of the process.
What’s needed is one strong political official, not necessarily a presidential appointee, who has the ear of the Treasury secretary and a supporting staff of a dozen or so career lawyers and IRS people.
That person has a mission: Figure out how to fund the wall (and other immigration law enforcement measures) without dipping into tax funds provided by legal residents of the United States. I don’t mean sending the bill to Mexico, I mean simply tapping into the annual Treasury payments of multi-billions a year in tax refunds to illegal aliens that could be stopped by strokes of the executive pen. (It might involve a few more millions for IRS, but that would be a good bargain.)
No congressional approval is needed. No raids. No scenes at airports or at the border. Few if any regulatory changes.
What is called for is simplicity itself — stop sending money to people who are not here legally. MORE