We had wondered how Donald Trump would get Mexico to pay for the wall along the border to keep out illegal immigrants. Trump, who will be meeting with the President of Mexico next week, has released his plan.
He will tell Mexican officials that unless they pay $5-10 billion for the wall, he will cut off the money that immigrants send home. That comes to around $25 billion, and is crucial to the Mexican economy. If Mexico gives that one-time payment, he says, the cash could continue “to flow into their country year after year.”
Set aside, for a moment, the element of extortion and theft. Set aside the question of whether the government should have the right to confiscate people’s money or control what they do with it. Also set aside the enormous increase in the power of the presidency necessary to suspend the law so that he could do this by executive order.
I thought Trump was going to send back all of the illegal immigrants! How could their payments “flow into their country year after year”? If the immigrants will all be gone, as Trump promised, what will be the incentive for Mexico to pony up the money? It almost sounds as if Trump hasn’t been telling the truth about his immigration policy. [Read more…]