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NumbersUSA Announces Support for the "Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act"

September 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, NumbersUSA, an organization advocating for immigration policies that protect all Americans, announced its support for the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act. NumbersUSA’s support follows endorsements for the bill from the National Border Patrol Council and Angel Families. Congressman Biggs and NumbersUSA issued the following statement:

“We fully support holding countries accountable that encourage their citizens to come illegally to the United States.” – Chris Chmielenski, Deputy Director, NumbersUSA

“I’m grateful for NumberUSA’s support for my legislation. NumbersUSA engages millions of activists around the nation who are passionate about border security and enforcing the immigration laws this country has on its books. We are a nation of laws and a nation that should be committed to keeping its promises to our constituents. Lawmakers have repeatedly promised the American people that the wall will be constructed to help fix our porous border, yet the funds have not yet been authorized and appropriated. My bill funds, builds, and pays for the wall, while giving much-needed resources to our courageous Border Patrol agents to allow them to do their jobs on the front lines. I’m working hard to raise awareness for this legislation, and I encourage my colleagues to support this legislation.” – Congressman Andy Biggs

BACKGROUND:

The Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act accomplishes seven things that are vital for our border security:

  • Creates a fund to build the wall;
  • Instructs the Secretary of Homeland Security to take such actions as may be necessary to design, test, construct, and install physical barriers, roads, and technology along the international land border between the United States and Mexico to prevent illegal crossings in all areas;
  • Penalizes foreign aid to Mexico and other countries by $2,000 for every illegal alien that is apprehended. The held back funds are redirected to the border wall fund;
  • Charges a fee for all money transfers when receivers are outside the United States. Collected fees go to the border wall fund;
  • Increases I-94 fees from $6 to $25. The higher fees fund Border Patrol salaries and the border wall fund;
  • Provides regulatory relief from burdensome actions that could be used to prevent wall construction;
  • Restores overtime pay for Border Patrol at same rate as all other DHS law enforcement agencies (restoring Fair Labor Standards Act).

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.