The White House is considering targeting the tens of billions of dollars in “remittance payments” sent by illegal immigrants to the home countries of theirs, in the wake of a continuing migrant flood at the United States Southern border, a senior administration official told reporters.
The plans to target remittance payments come amid a broader shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) actions designed to curb illegal immigration. The situation at the southern border has escalated in recent weeks, with thousands of migrants arriving every day to claim asylum.
Officials of the white house say the illegal arrivals are actually spurred by loopholes in United States immigration law which provide family units claiming asylum to arrive still and illegally be introduced into the inside of the nation with a work permit.
The migrants are then simply provided a court date at some point in the future to adjudicate the asylum claim, with the great majority failing to eventually get themselves a convenient asylum ruling. These migrants seldom show up for deportation, with the senior administration official calling the process “backdoor illegal immigration.”
Potential plans against remittances can follow one or perhaps all of anti-illegal immigration group BorderPACs recommendations:
- 15-25 percent tax on all cash remittances to targeted countries.
- Ban on any remittances to Mexico, various other nations, if sender can’t prove they’re a U.S. citizen as well as legal resident.
- Temporary halt to all remittances to Mexico until that government halts caravans and enforces border controls to the United States.
The White House plan to go after remittance payments falls in line with a proposition from former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who’s being considered replacing outgoing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Kobach told the media on Tuesday this will be a good method for President Donald Trump to compel the Mexican authorities to take much more enforcement action against Central Americans trafficking through the country of theirs.
Kobach told Breitbart:
“The threat I suggest is actually one which really allows us in case we follow through on it. That’s the risk of ending remittances from the vast majority of individuals in the United States from Mexico that are below illegally,” adding “they do not wish to risk losing that enormous flow of international capital. In many years, it is the second biggest source of theirs of international capital.”
Exactly how big is actually this flow? A stunning thirty billion dollars yearly to Mexico ALONE…
Mexico received probably the most, at a record thirty billion dollars in 2018, and the three Northern Triangle nations targeted by President Trump’s funding threat more than Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and illegal immigration, received over sixteen billion dollars, based on an analysis by the Pew Research Center.
I spoke with a Senate staffer that said he’s “stunned” Trump is actually going after these cash outflows, and that’s “signals a major hardening of enforcement” in the wake of the shakeup of his at DHS.]]>