California farm leader says he has a funding fix for Trump’s border wall – (trunc)
CNBC ^ | Mar 13, 2018 | Jeff Daniels
Posted on 3/13/2018, 1:59:39 PM by 11th_VA
When President Donald Trump will visit the border wall prototypes Tuesday in San Diego County, he may have a favorite design in mind, but getting the votes in Congress to secure financing still remains a hurdle.
Then again, one California farm leader in the state’s Central Valley — the biggest agricultural region where growers and ranchers have relied on immigrant labor for decades — has come up with what he thinks is a border wall funding solution. And it doesn’t involve using American taxpayers’ money or funds from Mexico’s government.
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According to Cunha, raising money for the border wall would involve the following: First, the U.S. would allow roughly 8 million undocumented immigrants to have a path to citizenship by paying $1,000 apiece for three-year work authorization cards similar to those issued to DACA recipients. “So the president would have $8 billion earned in round one for the wall,” Cunha said. Second, the 8 million immigrants in the third year could renew their status for a 10-year card for another $1,000, bringing in about another $8 billion in total fees. Cunha said the second fee round, however, could be increased to make it $1,500, or generating some $12 billion …
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