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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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Trump Needs Mexico To Agree To Be “Safe Third Country” So The US Doesn’t Have To Deal With Asylum Seekers

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Trump Needs Mexico To Agree To Be “Safe Third Country” So The US Doesn’t Have To Deal With Asylum Seekers

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Remember last week when President Donald Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs, and at the last minute, rescinded the threat? Trump said that if Mexico didn’t handle the immigration issue at the border — which is also a U.S. issue — that he would raise tariffs. Now we’re getting somewhat of what went down between Trump and Mexico.

Mexico will now be taking back more asylum seekers that are awaiting trial in the U.S.

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While the “Remain In Mexico” policy is something the Trump Administration recently implemented, the new agreement with Mexico seems that the government will be accepting and tracking the incoming undocumented people.

Luis Carlos Cano, a spokesman for Mexico’s national immigration agency in Ciudad Juarez, told Reuters that last week Mexico accepted 200, which is an increase from the 100 people that returned previously. The publication also reports that an estimated “12,000 people have been returned to Mexico since it began in January.”

Furthermore, Mexico said they have agreed to be a “safe third country.”

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At least that is, according to Trump. The publication states that “asylum seekers who first set foot on Mexican soil would have to apply for refugee status in Mexico instead of in the United States.”

Canada already has such a clause of being a “safe third country,” and the administration wants other countries to do that as well, including Guatemala.

However, just because a country is labeled as a “safe third country” doesn’t mean it is.

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Human Rights First, a civil rights organization, said in a statement that the Trump Administration is merely passing the buck to not deal with the state of immigration reform. They’re also dangerously allowing other countries to become “safe” places for people that they clearly show are not welcomed.

“Guatemala is not a safe country for refugees,” the organization stated. “It is a country that refugees are fleeing. The U.S. State Department’s own human rights reports reveal that rape, femicide, violence against women, trafficking in persons, violent attacks against LGBTI persons, and gang-recruitment of displaced children are all serious problems in Guatemala. Corruption and extortion are rampant, leaving many people unprotected by the police and other authorities. Refugees returned to Guatemala would not only face dangers in Guatemala, but they would be at grave risk of being sent back to their countries of persecution given the country’s lack of effective systems and capacity for identifying and protecting refugees from deportation.”

This new claim by the administration of a third party plan is just another tactic of not helping asylum seekers.

Recently, the Mexican government’s newly formed Nation Guard began patrolling their southern border.

According to several reports, a recent push by the Mexican government detained 791 migrants. The Central American migrants were found during an operation by the Mexican National Guard when they stopped four trucks in the state of Veracruz.

Mexico has recently stepped up their efforts to curb migration from Central America to the U.S. border by way of Mexico. The Trump administration claims that the response from Mexico comes from the tariff threat made by the president, which would have meant Americans paying more for goods in Mexico.

According to The New York Times, Mexico had agreed to the border enforcement months before Trump publicly threatened tariffs against Mexico. This means that Mexico was already enforcing border security before Trump appealed to his base with a false claim that his tariffs forced Mexico’s hand to enforce their border.

READ: Trump Terrifies Immigrant Community As He Demands To Keep Secret Why He Wants A Citizenship Question On The 2020 Census

Rich People Like Jessica Biel And Kat Von D Can Be Anti-Vaxx Because They Can Afford It, Meanwhile 5,000 Migrants In Quarantine Can’t

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Rich People Like Jessica Biel And Kat Von D Can Be Anti-Vaxx Because They Can Afford It, Meanwhile 5,000 Migrants In Quarantine Can’t

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Accommodations at detention centers have never been a suite at a three-star hotel. They’ve never been like a hotel at all; they’re even worse than homeless shelters because at detention centers people are forced to sleep on the floor, forced to be in freezing temperatures, and forced to be in unsanitary conditions for weeks or months. Lately, they’re just in “tent cities.”

This is how the U.S. government has always treated the unwanted who come here for a better life. Now it seems that the conditions have worsened.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reporting that 5,200 adult immigrants are under quarantine after being exposed to mumps or chicken pox.

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According to CNN, the spread of the disease is at happening various locations around the country. They also said that while thousands are under quarantine that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all infected. They’re just keeping them isolated as a precautionary measure.

The issue, however, is a matter of great concern because there’s been a spike in cases and because mumps hasn’t been seen among the immigrants until now.

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It’s unclear where the root of the issue is coming from. But people cannot assume undocumented people are bringing in the disease. U.S. citizens have it too.

“I think there is heightened interest in this situation because it’s the mumps, which is a new occurrence in custody, but preventing the spread of communicable disease in ICE custody is something we have demonstrated success doing,” Nathalie Asher, ICE executive associate director for enforcement and removal operations, told CNN. “From an operational perspective, the impact is significant in the short and long term and will result in an increase in cohorted detainees’ length of stay in detention, an inability to effect removal of eligible cohorted detainees, and postponing scheduled consular interviews for quarantined detainees,” she added.

Many advocates are concerned that the use of the quarantine is being used to delay asylum requests.

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A couple of months ago, Newsweek spoke to an undocumented man who was told he could not meet with his lawyer because of the spread of disease.

“When there is just one person who is sick, everybody pays,” he told the publication and added that he could meet with anyone for weeks.

READ: Daughter Sues ICE After They Denied Father Cirrhosis And Diabetes Medication While In Detention Resulting In His Death

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