Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma recently wrote an opinion piece on how the wall can be built for just $25 billion:
For too long, illegal immigrants have claimed refundable tax credits through Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) rather than a work-eligible Social Security number. By requiring work-authorized Social Security numbers for refundable tax credits, we’ll save billions of dollars in tax credits that are only supposed to benefit American citizens or immigrants with legal status.
My bill would also ensure eligibility for federal welfare programs, like food stamps, by using E-Verify, a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. While we’ve had laws on the books to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving these benefits for years, the system is vulnerable to document fraud.
By using E-Verify, we can ensure the integrity of our social safety net for the families who are lawfully entitled to it. We can also deter illegal immigration by imposing (and enforcing) a fine on illegal border crossings.
I want to be clear – closing these loopholes would prevent federal benefits for illegal immigrants. Closing these loopholes would not impact the services or tax credits for citizens or legal immigrants.
The Democrats will no doubt decry this as a racist something or other. To recap, his entire plan to fund the wall is to close loopholes that allow people who aren’t supposed to be here in the first place from receiving benefits designed for Americans and lawful immigrants. The American taxpayer doesn’t have to pay a dime. You can be sure the Democrats will not be on board with this; it is far too sensible and would only benefit Americans.