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CONGRESSIONAL HOPEFUL PROPOSES BAN ON WIRE TRANSFERS BY ILLEGAL ALIENS

April 7, 2006

A candidate running for a vacant congressional seat representing North San Diego county has unveiled a plan to ban wire transfers by illegal aliens to Mexico. Republican Howard Kaloogian says his proposal will remove a major incentive for illegal immigration and increase national security.

According to Kaloogian:

  • The United States cannot continue allowing those breaking the law by entering this nation illegally to enjoy the benefit of collecting wages illegally and sending those funds to a foreign nation.
  • The Mexican government makes billions of dollars every year from illegal immigrants who wire money back to their families in Mexico, while the United States economy bears the cost of those who pay no taxes but receive taxpayer-funded services.

Currently, wire transfers from the United States to Mexico range from $15 to $20 billion annually. If Congress adopts the proposal, those wiring money to Mexico must show proper identification to financial institutions and wire transfer operators, proving their citizenship.

Source: James L. Lambert, "Congressional Hopeful Proposes Ban on Wire Transfers by Illegal Aliens," Agape Press, March 10, 2006.

 

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