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Posted on 03/06/2006 1:12:39 PM PST by Impeach98
Ban on wire transfers by illegals proposed
Supporters believe it will remove major incentive for crossing border
Posted: March 6, 2006 2:32 p.m. Eastern
James L. Lambert © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A Republican candidate for a vacated congressional seat in southern California is proposing a ban on wire transfers by illegal aliens from the U.S. to Mexico.
The plan "will remove a major incentive for illegal immigration and increase national security," said Howard Kaloogian, a well-known California activist who launched the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis.
Kaloogian is the front-runner for the San Diego-area congressional seat held by Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who was sentenced last week to eight years in prison on corruption charges.
"[T]he Mexican government is making billions of dollars every year from illegal aliens who enter the U.S. illegally and then wire that money back to their families in Mexico," Kaloogian said Saturday at a news conference at the border.
The economy, he contended, bears the cost of illegal aliens, who pay no taxes but receive taxpayer-funded services.
"It's absurd that we continue to allow those who have broken the law by entering this nation illegally to then enjoy the benefit of collecting wages illegally and then sending those funds to a foreign nation," Kaloogian said.
Howard Kaloogian at the Mexican border Saturday.
The proposal, if adopted by Congress, would require anyone wiring money to Mexico to provide identification to financial institutions or wire-transfer operators to prove citizenship.
An estimated $15 to $20 billion is moved annually from the U.S. to Mexico through private-party wire transfers. Howard Kaloogian at Mexican border Saturday
Kaloogian said past legislative proposals involving transfers by illegal aliens merely have imposed an extra fee.
The new proposal, he argued, "will establish leverage with foreign leaders such as Mexico's Vicente Fox who has sent a wink and a nod to their citizens to enter the United States illegally, collect wages that ad up to 10 times those paid in Mexico and then send those funds back to Mexico."
Claudia Garcia de Spencer, spokeswoman for the San Diego chapter of the Minutemen volunteer border patrol, spoke at the news conference in support of the proposal.
"Four and a half years after 9-11, our federal and state officials still refuse to confront threats allowing our borders to be breached thousands of times each day by foreigners," she said. "As a new citizen who followed the procedures and obeyed the rules, this (illegal immigration) is a shocking affront to me and is a slap in the face to all loyal Americans."
Kaloogian was a California state assemblyman from 1994 to 2000. He helped launch the pro-troops organization Move America Forward. His candidacy has received a variety of endorsements, including support from Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine.
A special election for Cunningham's congressional seat is scheduled April 11. If no candidate receives a 50 percent majority, run-off will take place between the expected Democrat candidate Carolyn [sic] Busby and the top Republican vote-getter.
Might as well block PayPal, too.
Anyone who has talked to immigrants both legal and illegal knows these folks are shipping huge amounts of tax-free cash out of the country by every means possible. Foreigners in the US are supporting their families around the world with under the table earnings and the scale is massive.
So he's proposing creating a 20B a year underground money transfer industry ? That we can't monitor. Oh that's great.
Secure the damn border. Fine employers (for real). None of this 'creative' boloney. It isn't that difficult.
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Heard that each taxpayer pays an additional $2000 annually to cover the underground economy.
Why can't these funds be confiscated as the fruit of illegal activity.
Why can't racketeering laws apply?
Ooops. On second thought, the illegals would just bring all of their extended family over if they can't wire money to them at home in Mexico. Bad idea...
"The proposal, if adopted by Congress, would require anyone wiring money to Mexico to provide identification to financial institutions or wire-transfer operators to prove citizenship. "
Oh, that'll work. I don't suppose any of these illegals have friends or co-workers who are citizens, eh? Silliness. It'll just make for new businesses to take money from the illegals and then wire it to Mexico, using a citizen to do the wiring. Dumb!
Right now its legal for illegal aliens to send money from the U.S. to a foreign country and Vincente Fox and company profit handsomely.
It's time for that to stop.
"The economy, he contended, bears the cost of illegal aliens, who pay no taxes but receive taxpayer-funded services."
How come they don't pay taxes?
This isn't a Band-aid, this is major funding for Mexico. It's the second largest cash cow. Vincente Fox no doubt will call this an economic attack on his country. This will force Mexicans to physically take the money back and when they try to cross the border with more than $25 G's it get confiscated. Use the money to pay for Border Guards.
1) Stopping new immigration by illegal aliens.
2) Doing something about those already here to discourage their continued stay.
Kaloogian's proposal addresses the 2nd. There need to be many other things done (fining employers, deporting illegal aliens picked up by law enforcement, etc...) but this is a positive step in the right direction.
Kaloogian will be a good partner with Tancredo.
Why not just stop employers from paying the illegal workers in the first place?
So are the clerks at the grocery stores where they wire the money via Western Union going to be arrested if it is discovered an "illegal" wired money? Yeah, sounds like a great plan.
I don't think your analogy works. Illegals use wire transfers of cash because there is a giant underground cash-for-labor economy that they earn their income from.
Not a lot of illegal aliens with their Wi-Fi logging on to PayPal.
Kaloogian's proposal addresses the real problem, which is the millions who come in and work for cash and then send money home to relatives, family members, etc...
How about this... the U.S. gets better cooperation from Vincente Fox when the 2nd largest source of money to the Mexican economy is put in jeopardy!
Good Idea :)
Okay, that accounts for 3 illegals. What about the rest of them?
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