As the national conversation on immigration continues to heat up, Congress has the responsibility to find solutions that will protect our border while being conscientious of taxpayers’ money. With this in mind, I recently introduced H.R. 1067, the Build Up Illegal Line Defenses With Assets Lawfully Lifted (BUILD WALL) Act of 2017.
Among other things, this legislation would require the U.S. Attorney General to provide a detailed report on the amount of annual profits brought into the United States by Mexican drug cartels, as well as a study of how the Department of Justice can increase assets seized by such cartels. Additionally, the BUILD WALL Act would use money forfeited from drug traffickers to fund increased border security on the U.S./ Mexican border. This defense could include a wall, another type of physical barrier, and/or a technology-supported solution. The use of this funding would ease the financial burdens on taxpayers and help build stronger relations between the United States and Mexico while fighting back against drug trafficking in both countries.
Border security is imperative for a safe, prosperous nation and lawmakers must take a serious approach to solving issues of illegal immigration and drug trafficking. If we do nothing, we put the people of this nation at risk, as well allow illegal immigrants to take away jobs, opportunities, and social funding from U.S. citizens – all at the expense of the American taxpayer.
The BUILD WALL Act is a creative solution to a complex problem. For more information, or if you would like to cosponsor, please contact Amy Bos at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-225-5101.