U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
Press Release

Sensenbrenner Introduces the BUILD WALL Act

This legislation would direct money and assets seized from Mexican drug cartels to be used to increase border security between the U.S./Mexican border.

By - Jan 9th, 2019 01:52 pm

Washington, D.C.—Following the President’s address last night, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) re-introduced the Build Up Illegal Line Defenses With Assets Lawfully Lifted (BUILD WALL) Act. He was joined in this effort with Congressmen Mark Meadows (NC-11), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Phil Roe (TN-01), Rob Bishop (UT-01), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), and Jody Hice (GA-10).

This legislation would direct money and assets seized from Mexican drug cartels to be used to increase border security between the U.S./Mexican border. In addition to building a physical wall, the funding may also be used to construct other types of barriers or to implement technology-supported solutions where appropriate.

Rep. Sensenbrenner
: “This commonsense legislation will provide the necessary funding to completely secure our southern border and cut off the flow of gang members and drugs into our country. Best of all, this can be done with minimal cost to the American taxpayer. This bill would break through the stalemate of funding for border security, thereby providing a path to reopen the government. Congress should consider this legislation immediately so we can return to other important legislative business.”

You can view the text of the legislation here.

Congressman Sensenbrenner introduced identical legislation during the 115th Congress. Senator Ted Cruz has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

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3 thoughts on “Sensenbrenner Introduces the BUILD WALL Act”

  1. putnampit says:

    Guess who’s coming to dinner. And breakfast. And Lunch.
    Hint: it is not up to you, but you pay for the food.
    There are limits to what people in a so-called “free society” will endure to “protect” themselves, their families and property from real threats, let alone those posed by ephemeral bogeymen.
    But Rep. Sensenbrenner apparently thinks he knows better than you what is good for you and what will keep you free and safe, and it does not matter what you think about it. He is the master of the cure that is worse than the disease
    For example, an estimated 17.6 million persons, or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014. (https://tinyurl.com/dojidth). Although I have not conducted a poll, I would bet that few Americans would want an FBI agent crashing on their floor to protect them against “cyber attacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists,” which is the agency’s mandate. And even then, if we were to decide to absolutely protect people against these crimes, we would have to place a second agent in every residence to protect the citizens against crimes the first FBI agent might commit while the occupants slept.
    If we were to believe President Trump, for the sake of argument, official corruption is rampant because the FBI is full of lying hacks with agendas who are to get people. So, if the president is right and not paranoid, there is the possibility that the two G-men would conspire against the residents and split the booty.
    And even if the bill to allow this protective shield were given the acronym “GOD’S LOVE” (for “Government Oversight Designed So Local Valuables Endure”), the name would not change the reality of the law’s consequence or diminish the loss of privacy and violation of constitutional rights. If a majority of people would rather take their chances on being victims than hosting government agents, you’d have to wonder why anyone was proposing such an intrusive remedy.
    If we apply Rep. Sensenbrenner’s argument for a border wall to this situation, money retrieved from any identity thieves would be used to give everybody ice cream, provide tutors for all students, give tax breaks to everyone, but you’d have to host armed guards in every home.
    Jim Sensenbrenner was never a listener. He is the kind of representative who argues with constituents and tells them they are wrong when they raise concerns about his actions. And he is not a listener now, when polls show a majority of Americans oppose a wall.
    It is plain and simple: Sensenbrenner does not care whether you want the FBI in your home or whether rigid ideological and political posture creates human misery. In his mind, it is good for you, or at least for his party, and if you were not so stupid you would realize that it is in your own interests to capitulate.

  2. Thomas Martinsen says:

    It is unfortunate for citizens of WI that one of our Congressional Reps appears to have nothing better to do than to write a bill that attempts to legitimize the hollow promises of a con-man.

  3. blurondo says:

    It’s almost February which means that my congressman will probably be very busy very soon. He could spend his time finding out his constituents’ positions on the current brouhaha in DC, but if past practice is any indication, he’ll be occupied elsewhere; http://archive.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/39891097.html/.

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