The House moves the Wall forward. But where will the money come from? There are ways to get Mexico to pay. Photo Credit: Russell Contreras, AP.
Donald Trump ran and won on the promise of building a big, beautiful wall between the United States and Mexico. A physical barrier in the form of a wall is the only sure way to stop the flow of illegal immigration into our country.
After months of dragging their feet, Congress is finally getting to business with regard to defending our border. In a surprise move, the House has approved $1.6 billion for America’s southern border wall. At long last, the Wall is moving forward!
In a 230-196 vote, the House of Representatives passed a $788 billion spending measure that includes funds for national defense and veterans programs.
Tucked neatly within the bill is a $1.6 billion down payment for America’s border wall. Republican House members got the funds through on a procedural vote, rather than via direct vote.
In that way, the vote bypassed the Democrats and leftist Republicans. Many of them may in fact secretly support the allotted money, and the “procedural” vote gives them an excuse to say they had no choice but to vote for the Wall funding.
In any case, the Wall is now one step closer to becoming a reality. President Trump’s signature campaign promise was building a wall–and getting Mexico to pay for it.
Time and again, Mexico’s leaders have said they won’t pay for the wall. But President Trump himself has articulated a simple truth–whether they physically sign a check or not is irrelevant. The money can be taken from Mexico by other methods and used as reimbursement.
How? There are a few viable means that come to mind. Taxing remittances is a popular option, but foreign nationals would likely find alternative money-sending methods to bypass such a tax. Also, this method would affect citizen senders and legal immigrants.
Plus, senders would bear the additional cost and send to their families what they planned to originally. The tax would only collect what would otherwise have gone into the American economy.
Raising the price of visas would be the easiest place to start. Doubling or tripling the cost of entry to the US would really hit home for Mexicans. The people who would most feel the pain would be Mexico’s wealthy and political class.
The US could even raise price of visas on a sliding scale according to the income of the applying Mexican citizen. Then there’s foreign aid. That’s a no-brainer. Cut all money to Mexico and direct it to the wall. It would be a relatively small sum of money, but emotionally-charged.
Then there are duties and tariffs on imports of products by Mexican companies. While some argue this would hurt American consumers, there are two important factors to consider:
- Basic economics. The Mexican companies can’t afford to lose the pricing war to their competitors. If they raise the prices of their products exorbitantly in response to tariffs, people stop buying. The companies would rather bear the tariff to avoid losing business.
- Who’s buying? Many of the products Mexico exports are purchased primarily by Mexican nationals, including illegal aliens. If they’re forced to pay higher prices, so much the better. In fact, the tariffs could focus on such products.
One way or another, Mexico will pay for the wall. Let’s just hope the Senate can find the spine to approve the funding for America’s border wall. Time will tell whether there are enough real men left on Capitol Hill.
P.S. Be sure to check out my post on Why Mexico Sucks.