Trump’s plan to finally secure border has his supporters excited. And of course he wants Mexico to pay for the wall.
On his campaign website he points out that that Mexico’s government has published pamphlets on how to illegally migrate to the US. Mexico deports more illegal immigrants than the US does, so it’s a bit hypocritical for them to enforce their immigration laws while encouraging their citizens to bypass ours.
Trump estimates finishing the border would cost $8 billion – which is less than the amount of public assistance illegal immigrants receive every year in the US. It would be nice for Mexico to pay it forward, but they’re not interested in the deal.
As The Blaze reported:
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón told CNBC that his country would not contribute “a single cent” to the building of Donald Trump’s proposed wall.
“Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Calderón, who served as president from 2006 to 2012, said. “And it’s going to be completely useless.”
“The first loser of such a policy would be the United States,” he added. “If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going to provide prosperity to the United State, he is completely crazy.”
As for Trump’s response, well, it’s vintage Trump: “Now the wall just got taller.” Take a gander…
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]