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The American Taxpayer, Not Mexico, Will Pay For The Wall

The American Taxpayer, Not Mexico, Will Pay For The Wall

Congressional Republicans have begun looking into funding options for the Mexican border wall promised by President-elect Donald Trump, who hopes to fund the project through the appropriations process as early as April.

"We want President Trump to have all the tools he needs to build the wall", Scalise reportedly said.

Mr Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, insisted on Friday morning that the plan to seek reimbursement from Mexico after paying United States money up-front "doesn't mean he's broken his promise".

From the very day Donald Trump announced his improbable candidacy, he has steadfastly proclaimed that not only will "we" build a "big, lovely wall" on the Mexican border - he's also emphatically insisted that Mexico will pay for it. He threatened to charge Mexicans higher visa and border crossing fees to finance the project or go after the billions of dollars in remittances that immigrants living in the USA send back annually to Mexico.

Even after his bungled trip to meet with the Mexican president a year ago, Trump reiterated "100 percent" that our neighbors to the south will be funding his wall to keep immigrants out.

But Republican Congressman Chris Collins said he has no doubt the Mexican government will end up paying.

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"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border".

Former Mexican President Vincente Fox Quesada repeated that refusal to pay for Trump's "Great Wall" in a tweet sent this week.

Republican congressman Luke Messer of IN told reporters that Trump could fund a 2006 border security law as part of a large spending bill to avoid Democratic opposition. CNN and Politico said Trump would ask Congress to appropriate taxpayer funds to pay for better border security.

It sets up an ugly budget fight, and dares Democrats to shut down the government or fund the wall.

Despite the confusion over who will pay for the wall, many people are still horrified by the prospect of this structure being built at all. Any effort on Trump's part to use these reimbursements to cover the alleged cost of a border wall, then, would likely result in a myriad of lawsuits that the Federal Government would in all likelihood lose. U.S. Customs and Border Protection built roughly 350 miles of single-layer pedestrian fences, most which stand about 18 feet, and 300 miles of low-level vehicle barriers that any person could easily walk through, according to sources following the matter.


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