Bill funding border wall to be introduced in Congress this week

Legislation to fully fund President Trump’s proposal to build a southern border wall will be introduced in the House of Representatives this week.

The measure, the “Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act”, certain to set up a heated showdown with congressional Democrats, is being introduced by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Similarly, the bill, at a cost of $23.4 billion, includes several enforcement provisions, which are designed to target illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The proposal also includes “Kate’s Law”, named for Kate Steinle who was slain by an illegal immigrant deported five times prior to her 2015 death, which would increase penalties for illegals reentering the U.S. and the “No Sanctuary For Criminals Act”, a proposal denying tax grants to cities which claim sanctuary city status.

Further provisions include:  A motion to honor ICE agents and a provision chastising illegal aliens with voting rights.

First made public by Breitbart, the leading House Republican spoke with the news organization:

“For decades, America’s inability to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration has encouraged millions to undertake a dangerous journey to come here in violation of our laws and created a huge loophole to the legal channels to the immigration process where America welcomes immigrants to our country.”

Long a contentious issue associated with illegal immigration, a wall on the U.S. southern border was a signature issue of Trump’s 2016 campaign for the White House.

$1.6 billion has already been dedicated to construction of the wall, provided in a omnibus spending bill passed by Congress earlier in 2018.

If passed in the House, the motion would face stiff opposition in the Senate due to procedural hurdles:  Under Senate rules, 60 votes are required to avoid a filibuster.

Failure in a January vote in the Senate would mean the upper chamber could take up the bill in the next Congress.

 

[Roll Call] [Photo courtesy REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque via PBS]