- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rep. Michele Bachmann has suggested the federal government levy a 100 percent tax on money illegal immigrants send back to their home countries as a way of remedying the border crisis.

In addition to building a secure, well-lit, fully staffed border fence, the Minnesota Republican said there should be “a 100 percent tax on remittances, the money that illegal aliens send back to these countries.”

“Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, those countries are laughing at us because they’re making money with their corrupt governments in conjunction with these international criminal cartels, they’re all making money and kickbacks,” Mrs. Bachmann said last week during a conference call with members of NumbersUSA, an anti-immigration group, Mediaite reported.

“If we have a 100 percent tax on these remittances… we would have a phone call in five minutes from the presidents of these countries saying, ‘What can we do? We want to keep this money flowing into our economy,’” she said.

“What we have to recognize is this truly is a war against the American people, and if we don’t act like it and take this border seriously, we’re going to have even more criminal gangs,” she concluded.

The congresswoman made similar comments in an interview with CNS News last week.

“The United States is furthering this international criminal cartel enterprise. We are furthering it because we are offering the gold at the end of the rainbow and we are stopping no one from coming in,” she said.