With the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the issue of the wall that the Republican intends to build on the border is gaining strength. In 2016, Trump's visit to Mexico as a presidential candidate caused an internal crisis for President Enrique Peña Nieto.
However, beginning 2017, Peña Nieto has said that there is no way his government will pay for the construction of the wall, which he has described as a humiliation for his country. However, Trump has insisted that the wall that would divide Mexico from the United States will be built, and will have to be financed by the Mexican government. Trump has said that he will wait at least a year and a half to finish negotiations on the project.
What Alternatives Would Trump Have for Mexico to Pay for the Wall?
Regardless of the verbal dispute between Trump and Peña Nieto, to settle the ways in which Mexico would finance the construction of a work of similar characteristics, there are mechanisms through which the US government could make Mexicans subsidize the work. One of the main, unconventional ways that Trump could use to finance the construction of the wall has to do with withholding remittances sent by illegal Mexicans working in the United States.
Dollars could be retained as a form of payment. Likewise, the increase in visa fees for Mexicans could be another form of coercion, so that Mexico ends up paying for the much-talked-about wall.
Likewise, making border crossing cards much more expensive than they are would indirectly finance the work; a construction job that would take even more than the four-year period of Trump's presidency to complete.
How Feasible Is It to Build the Mexico-United States Wall?
Trump's main argument for the construction of the wall is that the wall will generate a large amount of work for the American workforce, which would be affecting the generation of employment and the economic growth of the North American power. The factor that the Republican has against is money: guaranteeing the construction and financing of a work, which would have an approximate cost of more than 8,000 million dollars in times of crisis, could be a double-edged sword for the organization of the economy.
An alternative would be to build sections of the wall and complete it with fences and electronic security systems on the border. In any case, the president-elect has already announced that his team is working on the first steps of building the wall. After January 20, 2017, the day of Donald Trump's inauguration as president of the United States, it will be possible to know for sure what will become of this controversial project.
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