Sessions: Improper Tax Credit Payments to ‘Mostly Mexicans’ Could Fund Border Wall


Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall could be paid for with improperly paid tax credits that go to “mostly Mexicans.” Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: You sound quite confident right there. Do you have any evidence that Mexico is going to pay for it? SESSIONS: Well, we’re going to get paid for it one way or the other. I know there’s $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury’s own inspector general several years ago that are going to payments to people — tax credits that they shouldn’t get. Now, these are mostly Mexicans. And those kind of things add up — $4 billion a year for 10 years is $40 billion. There are a lot of ways we can find money to help pay for this. But in the long run… STEPHANOPOULOS: How are you going to… SESSIONS: — they’ve lost those… STEPHANOPOULOS: — account for that money? SESSIONS: What’s that? STEPHANOPOULOS: How are you going to account for… SESSIONS: Well, we just… STEPHANOPOULOS: — that money? SESSIONS: The Department of Treasury, several years ago, under the Obama administration, said that if