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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Budget
      House Committee on Armed Services
      House Committee on Ways and Means
      House Committee on Homeland Security
      House Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedOctober 12th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018 — would provide $23.4 billion in funding for a border wall system along with infrastructure and other technology aimed at helping to secure the border. Funding would be disbursed in annual installments each fiscal year through 2024. Of the total, $16.625 billion would go to the border wall system, while the remaining $6.775 billion would go to support infrastructure such as Border Patrol facilities and family residential centers for the detention of unauthorized immigrants. It would also encourage state and local governments to abandon “sanctuary” policies by conditioning federal law enforcement and immigration grants on cooperation with federal agencies in their enforcement of immigration laws.

The $16.625 billion for construction of the border wall system would go to the construction of physical barriers, roads, lighting, and related technologies. It’d total $5.5 billion in FY2018, and between $1.7 billion and $2.1 billion in the other fiscal years through 2024. The $6.775 billion for infrastructure would go to projects at ports of entry, Border Patrol facilities, aircraft, an entry-exit system, and family residential centers for the detention of unauthorized immigrants.

Federal grants from the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) for law enforcement, immigration, naturalization, counterterrorism, and national security to state and local governments would be conditioned on their cooperation with enforcement of federal immigration law. Sanctuary states or cities that continue to prohibit their law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials would be at risk of losing grants. Local governments can remain eligible if they’re barred by a sanctuary state or county law.

Immigration detainers could be filed against any individual arrested for an alleged violation of criminal or motor vehicle law if DHS has probable cause to believe that the individual is an inadmissible or deportable unauthorized immigrant.

The list of grounds for the detention of unauthorized immigrants while their removal proceedings are pending would be broadened to include unauthorized immigrants convicted of DUIs, whose visas are revoked, or overstay or otherwise violate the conditions of their presence in the U.S. Additionally, unauthorized immigrants who have been arrested or charged with a “particularly serious crime”.

The crime of re-entry after removal would be subject to a tiered penalty structure, resulting in increased sentences for individuals with adverse criminal or immigration histories. Unauthorized immigrants convicted previously of three or more misdemeanors would face up to 10 years in prison, rather than 2 years under current law. Unauthorized immigrants who have been deported three or more times and re-enter the U.S. would face up to 10 years imprisonment. Prior felony convictions coupled would lead to up to 20 years imprisonment while murder, rape, terrorism, and slavery crimes would lead to up to 25 years.

New grounds for inadmissibility and deportability of unauthorized immigrant gang members would be established, including charges of the following brought by a state, federal, or foreign justice system:

  • Drug trafficking;

  • Alien smuggling;

  • Crimes of violence;

  • Obstruction of justice and witness tampering;

  • Identity fraud;

  • Peonage and slavery;

  • Interfering with commerce through threats or violence;

  • Racketeering;

  • Money laundering;

  • Conspiracies to commit any of the above.

Impact

Unauthorized immigrants; sanctuary cities and states; law enforcement; DOJ & DHS; and public safety.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act to fund the construction of a border wall system and strengthen the enforcement of immigration laws:

“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 huge loopholes in the legal channels to welcome immigrants to our country. President Trump’s election was a wakeup call to Washington. The American People want us to build the Wall and enforce the law… This bill combats sanctuary cities, transnational gangs like MS-13, human trafficking, and deadly drugs like fentayl. It supports federal law enforcement like ICE. And it fully funds the Wall by appropriating the full amount requested by President Trump for its construction, bringing the total amount of funding to $25 billion. Maintaining strong borders is one of the basic responsibilities of any nation. For too long, America has failed in this responsibility. I encourage my colleagues to support this bill and recommit our nation to defending its borders.”

A group known as CREDO Action expressed opposition to this bill, writing:

“Republican extremist Rep. Kevin McCarthy is trying to advance his political career on the backs of immigrant children and families. He just introduced a draconian border bill that panders to the far-right Freedom Caucus and his party’s racist base to boost his bid to become speaker of the house. McCarthy’s extreme bill would hand Donald Trump billions for his border wall, supercharge ICE and worsen the country’s mass incarceration crisis.”

This legislation has the support of 54 Republican cosponsors.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / Sherry Smith)

AKA

Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018

Official Title

To fund construction of the southern border wall and to ensure compliance with Federal immigration law.

    Yes! Secure our borders. America first. #MAGA
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    The wall is nothing more than a vanity structure for Trump. How about giving $23B to beefing up our infrastructure, education and veterans affairs. Oh yes, and healthcare.
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    A boarder-wall is pointless, ineffective and anything but fiscally conservative. Please find ways to stop illegal migration into the US, possibly by making legal migration more streamlined.
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    An absolute symbol of the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the current administration. Not only no but hell no! From Tucson Az.
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    Sigh. No. How about it goes to healthcare for all instead so our families and children can thrive while complaining about those terrible immigrants? Can’t complain if you croak.
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    You idiots supporting a wall are crazy. It’s 2024 miles straight across so say another 1500 in twists and turns. The wall he’s proposing is half that length. Plus there’s water on both sides and they burrow tunnels under. Huge waste of tax payer dollars, and even if they do build it the terrorists will come down from Canada or across the Gulf of Mexico into Texas and Florida. We need to shore up American bridges, and the transportation industry before worrying about a mom and her starving children trying to get to the “land of opportunity “
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    No. Come back to us with a bill on comprehensive immigration reform that includes increased funding for immigration courts and a path to citizenship for Dreamers, then we can talk.
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    The border wall is an idiotic solution to a problem invented by racists to scare other racists.
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    Um, wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for this stupid, ineffective wall?
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    For that you could easily spend a million dollars in every state to treat hunger, homelessness, poverty, addiction. But I’m guessing that won’t happen because in the US everything is about making profit. Jesus weeps.
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    2,600 illegals are being CAUGHT every week. That means three times that are coming in. Reform legal immigration and lock down our borders.
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    The wall will prevent Emigration. Not immigration. Research Circular Flow and you will understand that this week keep people who enter our country legally from leaving when their Visa’s expire. (This outcome accounts for the majority of immigrants as is. Most illegals simply over stay their Visa’s)
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    Illegal immigration cost taxpayers roughly 113 BILLION dollars every single year. In the long run, the wall will save more money meaning that the money could go toward other things or not be spent at all. I’m all for the building of the wall. It secures our borders AND saves money!
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    Securing our borders against “ILLEGAL” again I stress “ILLEGAL” Immigrants is vital to protecting our Citizens and way of life. There is no nation on earth that simply lets in illegal immigrants then gives them access to TAX PAYER PROVIDED GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Just try that move in China, or Russia, or Austria, or Australia- not gonna happen. Know why? Because no sane country would. The notion that it’s racist is absolutely ludicrous-why you ask? Because it’s against the law to cross our borders illegally that’s why. People are crying about families being separated and blaming this administration? Well that is simply mind control induced selective moral outrage from watching the liberal fake news CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and all those outrage machines” as I’ve labeled them. ANY FAMILY GETS SEPARATED WHEN THEY BREAK THE LAW- just try say taking your kids to the airport and any illegal contraband with you and them and try to get on the plane. Guess what happen when you get arrested? THEY TAKE YOUR KIDS AWAY. Same thing. Illegal immigration is illegal. Plain and simple. There is a line and a proper way to get into the country. What’s wrong with taking that route? Lastly we have crazy Hollywood actors like Alec Baldwin. He Is all for open borders but gets in a fistfight over a parking space?! Come on let’s stop the hypocrisy and the selective moral outrage. These Hollywood actors live in the biggest hypocrisy bubbles ever. The law is the law. Don’t like that? Change the law.
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    Please don't give the physical manifestation of racism 23 billion dollars.
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    Absolutely not. For one, Trump ran heavily on the concept that Mexico would pay for the wall. If they won’t pay, we shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill for his lie. But beyond that, the wall is unnecessary security theater. We don’t have a massive immigration problem, it’s a right-wing myth. We have a problem, and it can be strengthened by putting more money into border patrol, and strengthening our efforts to tackle illegal border crossings with Mexico. A wall is a circumventable waste of money, and a dupe to trigger right-wing racists and nationalists.
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    I don’t understand the obsession with building a border wall. It’s a waste of my tax dollars, which by the way went up under the new tax law. There are more economical and efficient ways of securing the border, including such technology as drones, cameras, sensors, etc. The only reason I can see to build a physical wall is to enrich contractors at the expense of taxpayers.
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    A border wall won’t stop or deter...especially if we pay for it...take it out of Trumps unpaid/fraudulent taxes🤣
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    No. There are other more pressing issues where my tax dollars can be utilized. A majority of Americans do not agree with the border wall. Our borders should not be lined with barbed wire. Protect freedoms do not continue to incite trump’s hate and bigotry with the funding of his wall. I can say with absolute certainty that if any of my representatives vote yes to this issue, they will never receive my vote for re-election in the future.
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    B$...... Who the hell has the audacity to say that a nation has no borders and we don’t need to protect the nation from illegals. PASS H.R 7059 TO FUND THE WALL & PROTECT BORDER I’m in agreement that for too long, Congress has neglected the security of the Southern border and, allowed immigration laws to incentivize illegal immigration. This bill provides full funding for the border wall, funds facilities to detain unauthorized immigrants while their legal claims are processed, and discourage sanctuary cities from releasing dangerous criminals. 11*5*18 ..... 🤔 ..... SneakyPete ....
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