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This might be the worst idea yet to fund Trump's wall
« on: January 11, 2019, 06:44:47 PM »
This might be the worst idea yet to fund Trump's wall
by Erin Dunne
 | January 11, 2019 05:48 PM



With little prospect of reaching an agreement on border security that would pave the way to reopen the government, lawmakers casting about for novel solutions to fund Trump's border wall landed on yet another truly bad idea: tapping funds generated by civil asset forfeiture.

Civil asset forfeiture is the practice of law enforcement taking property from those suspected of illegal activity without ever necessarily charging them of a crime, let alone convicting them. Once seized, property alleged to be involved in a crime can then be permanently kept or sold by the government. It is very difficult (if not impossible) to get back, and law enforcement engaging in the practice is subject to little scrutiny, and victims rarely get their day in court to argue for the return of their possessions.

If that sounds like textbook abuse of government power, that’s because it is. Government seizure of property never to be returned is exactly the opposite of the liberty enshrined in the Constitution.

So naturally, that’s exactly what the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., is advocating.

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Re: This might be the worst idea yet to fund Trump's wall
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 07:31:13 PM »
There's one huge flaw in this:

The assets being forfeited to pay for the wall under this proposal are those of illegal aliens, not American citizens. So the vast majority of the Constitutional caterwauling is moot.

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Re: This might be the worst idea yet to fund Trump's wall
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 08:59:24 PM »
There's one huge flaw in this:

The assets being forfeited to pay for the wall under this proposal are those of illegal aliens, not American citizens. So the vast majority of the Constitutional caterwauling is moot.


And it's one very small step from Illegal to Citizen.

Asset Forfeiture should not be imposed on anyone.

This only makes it seem less tyrannical and outright thieving.
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