GOP presidential frontrunner dropped a bombshell this week when he announced that he will force Mexico to pay for a border wall when he enters the White House by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments that immigrants send home to the country.
According to The Washington Post, this idea could decimate the Mexican economy and set up an unprecedented showdown between them and the United States. Trump outlined his plan in a two-page memo, and in it he described how he would change a rule under the USA Patriot Act antiterrorism law to cut off a portion of the funds sent to Mexico through money transfers, commonly known as remittances. He would then withdraw the threat if Mexico made “a one-time payment of $5-10 billion” to pay for the border wall.
“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump wrote in the memo.
Trump went on to say that once the wall is funded, transfer payments could continue “to flow into their country year after year.”
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