Wringing their hands and wailing, Democrats and Republicans alike were demanding a year ago that Donald Trump could not even build a wall, which for a guy who is used to building skyscrapers is ridiculous.
The Donald responded by saying that not only would he build a massive wall, but that he would force Mexico to pay for it. Immediately the talking heads howled with laughter, even talking heads I used to respect like Dana Perino and Charles Krauthammer, who thought the idea of Mexico paying for the wall was preposterous. They argued that it was a ridiculous and disingenuous campaign promise and not possible.
How naive! I was shocked that they were that ignorant. It is really very simple, as I pointed out over a year ago in this article. Be sure to check out the video to get an idea of just how stupid and arrogant Dana Perino really is.
As for Mexico’s leadership, their front man was Vicente Fox who insisted that he was “not going to pay for that fucking wall!” Watch his proud declaration in this video and be sure to watch the followup video where he apologizes to Trump.
Mexico’s leaders understand that Donald Trump says what he means and means what he says and that he can and will do EXACTLY what he plans to do, and they are powerless to stop him.
Following is Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to pay for the wall. After all of the verbal abuse and ridicule that The Donald put up with, he quietly released this plan. Just like I said a year ago, it is simple, for one reason – We the People are in the driver’s seat. Mexico is just hitch-hiking.
I hope he sent Dana Perino a copy!
COMPELLING MEXICO TO PAY FOR THE WALL
Introduction: The provision of the Patriot Act, Section 326 – the “know your customer” provision, compelling financial institutions to demand identity documents before opening accounts or conducting financial transactions is a fundamental element of the outline below. That section authorized the executive branch to issue detailed regulations on the subject, found at 31 CFR 130.120-121. It’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year. There are several ways to compel Mexico to pay for the wall including the following:
- On day 1 promulgate a “proposed rule” (regulation) amending 31 CFR 130.121 to redefine applicable financial institutions to include money transfer companies like Western Union, and redefine “account” to include wire transfers. Also include in the proposed rule a requirement that no alien may wire money outside of the United States unless the alien first provides a document establishing his lawful presence in the United States.
- On day 2 Mexico will immediately protest. They receive approximately $24 billion a year in remittances from Mexican nationals working in the United States. The majority of that amount comes from illegal aliens. It serves as de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico. There is no significant social safety net provided by the state in Mexico.
- On day 3 tell Mexico that if the Mexican government will contribute the funds needed to the United States to pay for the wall, the Trump Administration will not promulgate the final rule, and the regulation will not go into effect.
- Trade tariffs, or enforcement of existing trade rules: There is no doubt that Mexico is engaging in unfair subsidy behavior that has eliminated thousands of U.S. jobs, and which we are obligated to respond to; the impact of any tariffs on the price imports will be more than offset by the economic and income gains of increased production in the United States, in addition to revenue from any tariffs themselves. Mexico needs access to our markets much more than the reverse, so we have all the leverage and will win the negotiation. By definition, if you have a large trade deficit with a nation, it means they are selling far more to you than the reverse – thus they, not you, stand to lose from enforcing trade rules through tariffs (as has been done to save many U.S. industries in the past).
- Cancelling visas: Immigration is a privilege, not a right. Mexico is totally dependent on the United States as a release valve for its own poverty – our approvals of hundreds of thousands of visas to their nationals every year is one of our greatest leverage points. We also have leverage through business and tourist visas for important people in the Mexican economy. Keep in mind, the United States has already taken in 4X more migrants than any other country on planet earth, producing lower wages and higher unemployment for our own citizens and recent migrants.
- Visa fees: Even a small increase in visa fees would pay for the wall. This includes fees on border crossing cards, of which more than 1 million are issued a year. The border-crossing card is also one of the greatest sources of illegal immigration into the United States, via overstays. Mexico is also the single largest recipient of U.S. green cards, which confer a path to U.S. citizenship. Again, we have the leverage so Mexico will back down.
Conclusion: Mexico has taken advantage of us in another way as well: gangs, drug traffickers and cartels have freely exploited our open borders and committed vast numbers of crimes inside the United States. The United States has borne the extraordinary daily cost of this criminal activity, including the cost of trials and incarcerations. Not to mention the even greater human cost. We have the moral high ground here, and all the leverage. It is time we use it in order to Make America Great Again.