Even when he said Mexico is going to pay for it, I never thought Mexico was going to write a check. I expected it to come from sanctions, like trade tariffs and restricting or taxing money being wire transferred to Mexico.
More than $26 billion dollars in remittances was wired to Mexico last year. A 20% tax to wire money to Mexico would fund the construction and maintenance of the wall. Cutting off the ability to send money to Mexico, would mean a lot of illegals, would not be able to support their family in Mexico by coming to the USA illegally. They would have to choose whether they leave their family to fend for themselves, or they could go back to Mexico to provide for their family.
We could make life more and more difficult for illegals, until they realize they can’t steal the American dream.
Mexico would be devastated if they had to take back all 12 million of their people all at once.
Mexico may not write us a check, but it is still going to cost them billions of dollars.