Since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign last year, the GOP frontrunner has promised to make Mexico build and pay for the wall between its country and the United States.
Well, the billionaire who made his fortune in real estate, has just revealed how exactly he will make Mexico pay for the wall, and it is brilliant!
Trump outlined the steps his administration would undertake to compel Mexico to pay the U.S. “$5-10 billion” to fund a border wall in a memo his campaignreleased Tuesday morning — a plan that relies largely on threatening to bar undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States from wiring money to relatives in Mexico.
Using a broad interpretation of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, Trump writes in the memo that he would threaten to issue new regulations that would compel money transfer companies like Western Union to verify a client’s identity and legal status before authorizing a wire transfer.
The memo also lays out other potential tactics to force Mexico to shell out for the border wallthat Trump first laid out in the immigration policy paper he released in August, including imposing tariffs on imports from Mexico, canceling Mexican nationals’ visas and raising visa fees.
“We have the moral high ground here, and all the leverage,” the memo said. “It is time we use it in order to ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”
The immigration plan Trump released in August also homed in on money transfers to compel Mexico to pay for the wall, vowing to “impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages.”
Trump released that policy paper after working closely with Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who months later endorsed Trump.
Here’s a report on Trump’s plan:
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