On Friday, president-elect Donald J. Trump reassured American taxpayers that the money they will shell out for the border wall would be returned by Mexico at some point. In the meantime, the construction will emerge on American tax dollars “for sake of speed,” in the billionaire own words.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter as his team and congressional Republicans are seeking ways to fund the structure without issuing extra legislation. They want to use current federal laws on border fencing.
Mexico will Somehow Pay for the Wall
Additionally, two Congress members and a Trump transition team member unveiled the plan Thursday. The trio wanted to remain anonymous. Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to address any potential public backlash. He said the “dishonest media” fails to tell American taxpayers that they would get back their money on the “Great Wall” from Mexico. In the meantime, the funds are necessary “for sake of speed”.
Trump didn’t say when Mexico will pay for the structure. Mexican authorities, on the other hand, repeatedly said they would not pay for the wall.
On the campaign trail, the NYC billionaire told supporters he would build a “great, great wall” on the country’s southern border and our neighbors would pay for it. Yet he failed to find a clear method to make the foreign country pay. He said the U.S. could squeeze the money from Mexico through more border crossing fees and higher visas. Another plan includes taxing the billions of dollars’ worth of remittances Mexican immigrants send to their relatives still living in Mexico.
A spokesperson for the billionaire’s landing team Sean Spicer explained that a change in the plan on where the money will come from doesn’t mean Trump will break his promise. Spicer recently told ABC that the president-elect would continue to negotiate with the Mexican government.
Congress’ Secure Fence law
If Congress’ plan is successful, lawmakers would dodge a lengthy legislative fight over the necessity of new rules just to authorize the spending for the border wall. Experts, on the other hand, don’t think the 2,000-mile border could be secured without extra regulatory measures.
In 2006, Congress approved the Secure Fence Act for 700 miles of border fencing. Meanwhile, the said portion of the fence is nearing completion. However, many parts of the fence can prevent only vehicles, not people, from fraudulently entering the country.
Experts also think that Trump won’t be able to build the extravagant structure without Congress’ approval. Nonetheless, he might unlock some funds through executive actions, a practice he staunchly criticized Barack Obama for. An extra spending bill for the wall could lead to a deadlock if Senate Democrats say no.
What’s more, several lawmakers noted the new administration has many ways to bypass Congress on the issue. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who backed the immigration reform, said Trump’s Cabinet can do a lot of things within the current rules.
Anti-immigration supporters now call for Congress to take a vote on the issue. The real estate tycoon pledged to build an impenetrable wall with a “big, beautiful door” legal immigrants can use to enter. Trump has envisioned a wall of hardened concrete, steel, and rebar.
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