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Republican Rep. Says His New Tax Bill On Immigrants Will Help Pay for The Border Wall

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The Trump Administration, along with many Republican legislators, are still looking for “creative” ways to get funding for the border wall. Even though it appears President Donald Trump has sort of forgotten about it — at least according to his budget outline — there’s still a couple of go-getters who think they have the solution to bring in the big bucks for the big wall.

Remember when Ted Cruz said that El Chapo and the drug cartel in Mexico should cover the bill? Yeah, that was hilarious.

Now, Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Alabama, is proposing a bill that would enforce a remittance tax and use those funds towards building the border wall. So, basically, money being sent to other countries via wire transfers from the United States would have an additional tax. Guess who sends the most money from the United States to other countries: LATINOS.

The bill is called The Border Wall Funding Act of 2017” and it was presented by Rogers on March 30. According to NPR, the bill calls for a “2 percent tax on all person-to-person wire transfers to Mexico, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Mexico gets the biggest chunk of change from United States citizens, documented and otherwise. The World Bank reports that the remittance flows in 2015 for Mexico was $28.5 billion.

The World Bank has stated that remittance tax is not good for a variety of reasons. One of them is that it affects the poorest communities.

“Since the income of migrants has, in principle, already been taxed in the host country, taxing remittances amounts to double taxation for tax-paying migrants,” Dilip Ratha, lead economist at the World Bank, writes. “Since remittances are usually sent to poor families of migrants, the tax would be born ultimately by them and therefore it is likely to be highly regressive.”

Ratha also states that even if this bill is approved, migrants will find other creative ways to get money back to their people in Mexico.

[VIA] NPR: A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

READ: President Trump Signs Executive Orders For Mexico Border Wall And Defunding Sanctuary Cities

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A Member Of The Lambily Lost In The Manchester Attack Is Being Honored And Mourned By Mariah Carey

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A Member Of The Lambily Lost In The Manchester Attack Is Being Honored And Mourned By Mariah Carey

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The world is still reeling from the attack that left 22 people dead and 119 injured after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Several musicians have been sharing their grief and condolences following the bombing of the Manchester Arena. Mariah Carey recently posted a heartfelt message to a fan who was one of the victims in the attack.

Mariah Carey posted this message to fan and bombing victim Martyn Hett.

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“Devastated to learn that one of the victims in Manchester was part of the #Lambily. RIP Martin Hett. We will cherish your memory forever,” Carey wrote on Instagram. “His family and all the families affected are in my thoughts and prayers. MC ?❤.”

Fans have joined Carey in mourning the loss of Hett.

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Hett was a PR manager who was getting ready to embark on a two-month trip to the U.S., according to Metro.

Other fans were dedicated Carey songs to the late fan.

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Songs like, “Bye Bye” have been quoted in the comments in tribute to Hett and the tragic loss of life.

Those who knew Hett joined the conversation to share their love for their friend.

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RIP to all the victims of this tragic and terrifying attack. Us at mitú send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all of those impacted during this trying time for so many innocent friends, families, and victims.


READ: First American Victim Identified in Paris Attacks Was A Proud First-Generation Mexican-American

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