So, Mr. Trump, about this wall...

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Border fence imageAn immigration enforcement activist is concerned about how Donald Trump would carry out his plan to force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off billions of dollars the Mexicans living in the U.S. send home every year.

The Mexican central bank reports that money sent home by Mexicans in America hit nearly $25 billion last year, overtaking oil revenues for the first time as a source of foreign income.

In his proposal, Trump threatens to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law, to cut off remittances sent to Mexico. But he says he would withdraw the threat if Mexico makes a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to finance the 1,000-mile wall.

"To seize those remittances, the government would have to force banking institutions, many of which are not even American banking firms that are available in the United States, and not to mention all of your internet possibilities -- those remittances that are sent back to Mexico could easily find another channel to get home," explains William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC).

So he says a better option would be to stop paying out more than $4 billion a year in tax returns or earned income tax credits to illegal aliens.

"Donald Trump, or any other president, could raise the $10 billion to pay for the wall to Mexico simply by stopping our government from giving away $10 billion every two years or so to the illegal immigrants in the United States of America," Gheen adds.

Trump has estimated his proposed wall --- a top promise of his presidential campaign --- would cost between $10 and $12 billion, and has argued that it would protect the country from illegal border crossings and halt drug shipments. 

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