As President Donald Trump shows no sign of backing down on both his promise to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, and pressuring Mexico to pay for it, Mexico itself shows no sign of caving on the latter. Both Mexico’s current and former president have denied there are any circumstances in which Mexico would be paying for the wall.
Thus far, Trump has promised to impose a 20 percent import tax on Mexican goods to serve one of two potential purposes. The funds garnered from it could be used towards the border wall – but remember that it’s American consumers who pay for the wall in that case in the form of higher prices.
Alternatively, since Americans would buy less goods from Mexico once they’re priced 20 percent higher, Trump could be trying to damage Mexico’s exporting industries to the point where it costs more to their economy than forking over money for a border would.
However, Mexico is finally going to be paying some money towards illegal immigrants in America – but it’s to the benefit of illegals.
As Breitbart reported: Mexico’s top diplomat said Monday his country will spend about $50 million to hire lawyers for migrants in the United States facing deportation. The money will be channeled through Mexican consulates in the U.S. and also go to outreach programs “to promote respect for Mexicans’ rights.”
Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray said the effort “isn’t about obstructing the enforcement of the law in the United States, or much less opposing law enforcement.”
“We are going to focus the money on one fundamental objective, which is the defense of the rights of Mexicans. This means legal advice, informational campaigns, the hiring of lawyers where it is necessary.”
Videgaray also says Mexico understands “it will be necessary to make some changes” to the North American Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. and Canada. U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to re-negotiate NAFTA. But he said Monday that Mexico won’t accept a return to protectionist policies such as import quotas or tariffs.
Mexico, by the way, deports more Central-American illegals immigrants than the U.S.! They’re strict on illegal immigration in their own country because it damages them – but happy for their own citizens to immigrate illegally to other nations so that Mexico’s economy can benefit from remittances from the U.S.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]