Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump finally released details about how he would get Mexico to pay for the border wall that he has proposed since the beginning of his presidential candidacy. The Washington Post received a two-page memo from Trump with the explanation about it.
“In the memo, Trump said he would threaten to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act antiterrorism law to cut off a portion of the funds sent to Mexico through money transfers, commonly known as remittances,” the Washington Post reported. “The threat would be withdrawn if Mexico made ‘a one-time payment of $5-10 billion’ to pay for the border wall, he wrote.”
“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump wrote in the memo.
The Washington Post reported that Mexicans living in the United States sent about $25 billion back to their families in Mexico in 2015. Trump wrote that “the majority of that amount comes from illegal aliens.” But the Washington Post claimed that the $25 billion included cash sent from Mexicans living all over the world, and not just those living in the United States.
Economists said to the Washington Post that the Mexican economy depends on this flow of cash being sent into the country.
In the memo, Trump also wrote about increasing trade tariffs, increasing fees for border crossings, and cancelling visas. He claimed these changes will give Mexico an incentive to pay for the border wall.
The real estate mogul estimated the cost of the border wall will be about $8 billion.
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