Liberals are vehemently opposed to a southern border wall, not because it’s “racist” or “xenophobic,” but because they know that Democrats depend on the large voting bloc that floods into the U.S. from Mexico.
Democrats have bashed Trump and mocked his border wall idea ever since he brought it up. Critics have constantly ridiculed the idea as preposterous, especially the part about making our southern neighbor pay for it.
Immediately following his visit to Mexico, Trump reaffirmed that his border wall policy hasn’t changed. He indicated that the subject did come up during his visit with the Mexican President, but that they didn’t get as far as discussing who would be paying for it. However, Trump did restate that Mexico would be paying for it, even if “they don’t know it yet.”
Donald Trump and his advisers are hinting at how they’d go about building the wall, how much it would cost, and who exactly will be footing the bill:
To fund construction of a new U.S. border wall, Donald Trump and senior advisers are considering various ideas, including the use of assets seized from drug cartels and others in the illicit drug trade.[…]
Advocates of the “make the cartels pay” plan believe it has the added benefit of punishing the “worst of the worst who bring violence to our streets and prey on innocent Mexicans and Americans,” while giving political cover to both leaders to accomplish their objectives. Sources close to both the Mexican government and the Trump campaign have confirmed that this proposal exists, but wish to remain anonymous given the preliminary nature of the discussions.[…]
The plan could involve the creation of a “joint border security fund,” where assets seized by law enforcement in both nations are deposited, then deployed for construction and maintenance of the border structure to the benefit of both Mexico and the United States.
Estimates of building a U.S./Mexico border wall range anywhere from $15 billion to $25 billion. But Trump says he could do it for much lower cost, between $8 billion and $10 billion.
So far, according to the Justice Department, about $8.7 billion have been seized in asset forfeitures. LifeZette points out that that total does not include asset forfeitures taken by the Mexican government.
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