Except for the symbolism of his big, beautiful wall, President
Trump could save himself billions of dollars and several years by
stemming illegal immigration using a tool already at his disposal:
the U.S. Tax Code.
With a stroke of his pen, Trump could simply direct the IRS to
favor American businesses that hire persons legally permitted to
work in the U.S. This policy of Affirmative Wage
Deduction (AWD) would cause an instant exodus of undocumented
immigrants, potentially recoup billions of dollars in federal tax
subsidies, and turn off the employment magnet that now draws
thousands of illegal immigrants to breach our borders.
How Trump Could Build A Digital Wall
To do this, Trump should direct the Internal Revenue Services to
redefine the terms eligible wage and vendor
deductions under the tax code to require verification through an
existing online database called the E-Verify System, which is
compiled and operated by the Social Security Administration.
E-Verify contains each enrollees birth date, place of
birth, address, Social Security Number, and other personal
Under the new definition, any employer who wishes to reduce its
taxable income by deducting payments to employees or independent
contractors would use E-Verify to determine if those payees
were Confirmed or Tentatively Non-Confirmed as
legally able to work in the U.S.
If the worker is confirmed, then E-Verify System could send an
authentication code to the employer and to the IRS. When the IRS
receives this code, it would get the green light to allow the
deduction claimed by employers.
If the IRS does not, it will automatically erect a virtual wall,
to detect non-confirmed labor expenses claimed in the employers tax
The result: Legal workers are let in and illegal workers are
kept out of the tax equation, with the employer feeling the
difference in its pocketbook. The use of cheap and illegal labor to
deprive Americans of entry-level jobs will no longer be unfairly
rewarding those employers who are the financial beneficiaries of
This System Fixes Our Financial Incentives
Of course, this doesnt prohibit companies from hiring
undocumented workers and many may still find it cost-effective to
do so. As proposed here, this system would not be used as
a permission-to-work program or a law enforcement tool by
the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
AWD would not affect the gardeners, baby-sitters, and handymen
who are paid cash with after-tax earnings by homeowners, who cannot
claim these expenditures as business expenses.
AWD is a compelling tax-incentive program for businesses that
follow the immigration laws and eliminates the competi...