UPDATED 10:53 AM PT — Tues. August 7, 2018
The Trump administration is considering an immigration proposal which it hopes will make the best use of taxpayer funds.
A spokeswoman for the plan says it protects the American taxpayer, while making sure foreign nationals who want to become U.S. citizens are self-sufficient.
Some immigration attorneys claim the proposal would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens.
Customs and Immigration Services rejected the claim, saying the proposal will not change the naturalization application process. Details of the plan are still being finalized.
Meanwhile, Arizona congressman Andy Briggs recently introduced the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act, which would penalize the country of origin of each illegal immigrant by making cuts to foreign aid.
The penalty is slated at $2,000 per incident and would be deducted from aid given to those countries. The money would then be used to fund the president’s southern border wall.
The bill would also raise fees on foreign wire transfers, restore previous overtime pay rates for Border Patrol agents, and require the wall to be built by December 2019.
This comes after President Trump officially announced his pick to lead ICE. 30-year border protection veteran Ronald Vitiello has been chosen to lead the agency.