Mexico’s Foreign Secretary says a border wall will be “hostile.” Actually, Senor Videgaray, it isn’t at all hostile. What is hostile is entering the United States illegally and bringing drugs and crime with you. THAT is hostile!
Senor Videgaray claims that Mexico will not cooperate with wall construction and will not pay for the wall. Si, Senor, you will pay. You just don’t know how yet, but I promise you you will pay. You forget that the gringos are in the driver’s seat. You have zero negotiating leverage. You have nothing we want.
Si, Senor, you will pay. You just don’t know how yet, but I promise you will pay. You forget that the gringos are in the driver’s seat. You have zero negotiating leverage. You have nothing we want.
Senor V went on to say that Mexico may retaliate by requiring Americans to obtain visas to enter the country.
LOL! Oh, no, not that!
He also said that Mexico may now require an entry fee. Good idea. Cut your nose off to spite your face. Drive your entire economy into the toilet. What would you do without American tourism? I’m sure you wake up in a cold sweat at night thinking about it.
Visa and entry fee? That’s all you got? Senor V, sit down, be quiet, and stop embarrassing yourself. You are proving my point. You have no negotiating power. If the United States wants to build a border wall, it will damned sure build one and you will pay for it.
I hear desperation in Senor V’s words, indicating that he understands that it is about to get real. A wall is coming.
It’s just a wall, Louie. No big deal. I’m sure you have one around your house.
In a Powdered Wig article from yesterday, I described just a few of the ways we can force Mexico to pay for the wall. Among those, and Senor V whined about this in his diatribe before Congress (below), is taxing remittances from the US to Mexico, which have become the number one source of foreign revenue into the country, moving past oil revenue two years ago. At a staggering $25 billion annually that is sucked directly from the US economy, going directly into the Mexican economy, I’m sure you can see why Louie V is worried. If we decide to tax those US to Mexico remittances 10%, that’s $2.5 billion every year going directly towards funding the wall. Boom! Mexico is paying for the wall. This is only one of the many ways to force Mexico to pay for the wall.
Louie understands this now. He finally recognizes that he has nary a bargaining chip, except tourist visas (LMAO!) He knows the wall is going to be built, Mexico is going to pay for it, and there isn’t a damned thing he can do about it.
Mexico City (CNSNews.com) – Mexico’s foreign secretary is planning an all-out legal assault on any future construction of a border wall by the U.S., to include filing suits in U.S. and international courts over possible environmental, human rights and international treaty violations.
Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray told congressional leaders here that Mexico will neither pay for nor cooperate with the wall proposed by the Trump administration, under any circumstances.
He called the wall proposal a “profoundly unfriendly” and “hostile” act.
“We won’t contribute in any manner, directly or indirectly or financially or in any other form to the continuation of a construction of a wall or any other type of physical barrier between our two countries,” Videgaray told members of the congressional foreign relations committee.
He said his office has assigned “significant human resources” to assemble a plan to fight the wall on every single possible violation of international treaties.
If the U.S., in the process of building a wall, violates any treaties including environmental treaties, Videgaray said Mexico would exercise it’s legal rights to the maximum, including filing suits in U.S. and international courts.
He cited specifically treaties pertaining to the Rio Grande and the Colorado River.
Videgaray listed potential rights violations the construction of a wall might entail, including private property, cultural, human, and anti-discrimination rights.
His remarks contained additional warnings about future bilateral relations.
Any attempt by the U.S. to tax remittances sent home by Mexicans in the U.S. would threaten negotiations on any other matters, Videgaray said.
“Remittances are not only a flow of foreign exchange from the macroeconomic point of view, but as we all know it is a fundamental support for many families, particularly low-income families,” he said, adding that a tax on the payments would be a “breaking point in any dialogue on other issues.”
In response to lawmakers’ questions, Videgaray confirmed that the idea of requiring American tourists to obtain a visa to enter Mexico merits consideration. No visa is currently required.
He warned, however, that a visa requirement could harm Mexico’s tourism industry.
Instead, Videgaray promised his office would explore the idea of charging an entry fee instead.