A border wall opponent in California is calling for companies that work on the wall to lose state tax breaks given to them.
According to The Sacramento Bee, Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat, introduced a bill that would cut tax breaks for any company that contracts or subcontracts with the federal government to work on the border wall that separates the United States and Mexico.
"I believe it's a waste of California taxpayer dollars to help subsidize this wall," Ting said. "We want to send a message to all companies that are in California thinking about being a part of this process to really stand with the state, stand with the residents, and stand with American values which welcome people from all over the world."
President Donald Trump left Washington, D.C., for California on Tuesday morning. During his visit to the Golden State, he will view the eight border wall prototypes that were built last fall in San Diego.
The Trump administration is seeking to extend the existing border wall by several hundred miles along the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawmakers have yet to come to an agreement that would allocate the appropriate funds — $18 billion — to construct the wall.
A recent study suggested the border wall could eventually pay for itself through savings from welfare, public education, and tax refunds that are currently given to illegal immigrants.
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