Bill Would Tax Wire Transfers From Illegal Immigrants

Opponents of a proposed tax on money wire transfers made by illegal immigrants say it would be impossible to enforce and could subject businesses to discrimination lawsuits.

But the chief sponsor of the bill likened such identification
checks to the age restrictions placed on alcohol and tobacco
purchases.

The House judiciary committee discussed the proposed tax Tuesday
without voting.

Republican Representative George Cleveland says he would check
identification of people who speak broken English. The bill, which would impose a five percent excise tax on the wire transactions, is the latest in a series of measures filed in recent years that attempt to get a handle on the influx of undocumented workers moving into North Carolina.

An estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants live in the state,
and about half of all Hispanic immigrants in the U-S send billions
of dollars to their home countries.


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