WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., joined Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, John Kennedy, R-La., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., in reintroducing the WALL Act, legislation that would fully fund the border wall along the southern border. Their legislation is also the first bill that would fund the wall by identifying specific funding sources that would help to deter illegal immigration.
“We are in the middle of the worst illegal immigration surge in decades, and the Biden Administration has failed to take action to stop it,” Wicker said. “The WALL Act would strengthen our southern border and eliminate several incentives that have encouraged illegal immigrants to travel to the U.S. The Senate should pass this bill without delay so that we can finally bring to a halt the madness on our southern border.”
“Over the past year, we’ve seen an unprecedented number of illegal immigrants pour into the country, and the Biden administration’s inability or unwillingness to secure our border from the flow of drugs and dangerous criminals is a growing threat to our national security,” said Inhofe, the lead author of the bill. “I’ve always said: border security is national security, and to have a secure border, we need to build a wall. That’s why I have reintroduced the WALL Act. We’re going to build the wall through concrete reforms that protect the integrity of Oklahoman’s tax dollars and address the crisis that President Biden and the Democrats have worsened.”
This legislation would fully fund a border wall while providing specific ways to pay for it, including requiring a work-authorized Social Security Number to claim refundable tax credits, requiring welfare applicants to verify their citizenship status, increasing the minimum fines on illegal border crossers and establishing a minimum penalty for visa overstays.