President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he is going forward with constructing a wall between the United States and Mexico. Considering that the promise of building a wall on our southern border was one of the cornerstones of his campaign, it really shouldn’t be a surprise.
Something I noticed yesterday was that a lot of people were saying Trump hasn’t explained how he would pay for the wall. That’s not true. He has stated repeatedly that Mexico will pay for the wall. Furthermore, he has explained how he is going to force Mexico to pay for the wall.
From the Trump campaign website:
On day 2 Mexico will immediately protest. They receive approximately $24 billion a year in remittances from Mexican nationals working in the United States. The majority of that amount comes from illegal aliens. It serves as de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico. There is no significant social safety net provided by the state in Mexico.
Today is day 2 and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is protesting the news by canceling a planned visit to the United States. Is $24 billion a year sent to Mexico from Mexican nationals working here in the United States?
If that number is anywhere close to being correct, then that gives the Trump administration huge leverage over Mexico when it comes time to negotiate the cost of the wall.
Peña Nieto said the following about the idea of the wall:
Mexico does not believe in walls. I’ve said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall.
Mexico does not believe in walls? That’s news. Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, where the Mexican national soccer team hosts games against other countries, has a barbed wire fence surrounding the playing field. It also has a dry moat.
Peña Nieto should demonstrate just how much he doesn’t believe in walls by having the barbed wire fence removed and the dry moat filled in at Azteca Stadium.
I don’t support Donald Trump. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. Is Donald Trump my president? According to the U.S. Constitution, yes he is.