Donna Anderson
May 22, 2013

Photo: Casey Renner

Section 6 of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act provides that $6.6 billion be placed in a separate Treasury account on or before October 1, 2013. The bulk of the money, earmarked for “one-time and start-up costs necessary to implement this Act,” is to be transferred from the general fund, which means it’s coming directly out of taxpayer’s pockets.

The proposed bill provides for the establishment of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Trust Fund. The Trust Fund will hold money transferred from the general fund of the Treasury and proceeds from various application and registration fees collected from immigrants and employers.

More than 75 percent of the U.S. Treasury’s general fund consists of money collected from sales and income taxes, to be used for law enforcement, health and human services, public safety, the administration of justice and general government services – all departments and services that are already severely affected by sequestration.

Nevertheless, the amnesty bill calls for $6.5 billion to be transferred “On the later of the date of the enactment of this Act or October 1, 2013.”

Additionally, another $100 million is to be appropriated at the same time, “to remain available until September 30, 2015, to the Department to pay for one-time and startup costs necessary to implement this Act.”

On top of that, all fees and penalties collected from immigrants and employers applying for visas or a change in status will also be added to the Trust Fund.

Initially, $3 billion over the next five years will be made available to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for use in implementing the Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy. Another $2 billion will be made available over the next 10 years for the Secretary to achieve and maintain border security, and another $1.5 bill will be made available to the Secretary over the next five years to actually fence in our borders.

An additional $100 million dollars is to be made available from 2014 through 2018, $50 million for “ increas(ing) the number of border crossing prosecutions in the Tucson Sector of the Southwest Border region to up to 210 prosecutions per day” and $50 million for “reimburs(ing) State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies for any detention costs related to the border crossing prosecutions.”

The Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy, which is included in the bill, deserves much more than a paragraph of explanation, but suffice to say it includes additional border patrol stations, mobile, video, manned and un-manned surveillance equipment, single-, double- and triple-layered fencing, increased man-power and training, helicopters, tanks and aircraft. In short, everything we’ve been asking for to protect our borders from illegal aliens.

And all for the low, low price of just $6.6 billion – to start. Oh, and amnesty for a few million illegal aliens.

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