First strategy: Cut off wire transfers going out of the country from illegal aliens.
In a two-page letter to the Washington Post, dated March 31, 2016, Donald Trump outlined some of the ways he will force Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming into the United States.
Trump says approximately $24 billion per year flows back into Mexico through wire transfers, the majority of which is from illegal aliens who are working in the U.S. The Mexican economy has come to depend on that money as “welfare income” for their poor.
According to Trump’s plan, a provision could be established that would prohibit all money transfers (such as Western Union) outside of the United States, unless the person can provide documentation that they are in the U.S. legally.
Trump is expecting the Mexican government will immediately protest such a regulation, as they have come to lean on this $24 billion cash flow from the U.S. He will offer a counter-proposal: Pay $_____ billion to the United States for the wall, and the Trump administration will not implement the wire transfer regulation.
Other solutions Trump offers include trade tariffs, or enforcement of existing trade rules, and using our leverage in areas of visas and visa fees. He pointed out that “Mexico is totally dependent on the United States as a release valve for its own poverty – our approvals of hundreds of thousands of visas every year is one of our greatest leverage points.” Also he noted that the U.S. has already taken in four times more migrants than any other country, resulting in lower wages and high unemployment for our OWN citizens and recent migrants.
Trump concluded that gangs, drug traffickers and cartels have exploited our open borders and committed vast numbers of crimes in the U.S, for which the U.S. has born the cost. “We have the moral high ground here, and all the leverage,” said Trump. “It is time we use it in order to Make America Great Again.”
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