Senator Rounds sponsors border wall funding act

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WASHINGTON (KEVN) – How does $25 billion for a border wall with Mexico grab you? That’s what Sen. Mike Rounds and colleagues are proposing.

The Wall Act would fully fund the wall along the country’s southern border, according to a release from Rounds’ office. It reportedly is the first bill that will fund the wall by identifying specific funding sources.

“The Wall Act will provide full funding for construction of a physical barrier along our southern border to protect against illegal immigration and stop those who wish to do us harm, such as terrorists, gang members and drug dealers, from entering the United States from the south,” Rounds claims.

Rounds and other sponsors of the act believe the wall can be paid for by “closing existing loopholes that allow illegal immigrants to receive federal benefits and increasing fines for illegal border crossings and visa overstays.”

Whether there is enough congressional support for this act has yet to be determined.

In an Associated Press story Thursday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t want to see a border wall tied to a deal to help young immigrants avoid deportation. Furthermore, she wants already-agreed on appropriations bills, carving out homeland security funding. And that agency funding, Pelosi says, doesn’t necessarily include the wall.