US plans to tax migrants' money angers Mexico
Mexico complained on Thursday that a bill in Georgia's state legislature to tax the hundreds of millions of dollars that illegal immigrants wire home would unfairly hurt Mexicans working north of the border.
Sponsored by Republican lawmakers who charge that illegal immigrants use basic health and education services without contributing to them, the bill would force anyone unable to prove their legal status to pay tax on their wire transfers.
An estimated 11 million Mexicans living in the United States sent home about $20 billion to their families last year, more than all the foreign direct investment in the country and a major pillar of Mexico's economy, especially in poor areas.
This is a bill that we need in Oregon. It is just one of the many ways we can stop making life easier for criminal aliens to operate their illegal scams in this country.
The tax on wire transfers by illegal aliens should be dedicated to border patrol and interior immigration enforcement.
To all the people who say "What is your solution? We can't deport all of them." I say that this is one of the simple remedies that I have proposed and it will clearly have an effect. Plus there is the bonus of possibly keeping a good portion of $20 billion in our own economy.