Skip to comments.President Calderon: Mexico won't pay 'a single cent' for Trump's 'stupid wall'
Posted on 02/09/2016 7:34:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Former Mexican president Felipe Calderón harshly criticized the notion that Mexico would pay anything for Donald Trump's planned wall on our southern border.
“Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Calderón told CNBC on Saturday. “And it’s going to be completely useless.”
Calderón, who served as president from 2006 to 2012, said Trump is “not [a] very well-informed man.”
“The first loser of such a policy would be the United States,” he added. “If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going to provide prosperity to the United State, he is completely crazy.”
This is not the first time Mexico has said it would not help pay for the Republican presidential contender's proposed wall.
Trump has said that he will seize cash remittances that illegal aliens send back to Mexico to pay for the wall. That won't work, either:
Would that even be possible? A Trump administration could erect a lot of legal, regulatory, and logistical obstacles to transferring money from the U.S. to Mexico. But those moves would enrage the banks and financial institutions that make money off the transfers, and probably spur interest in transfer methods that escape the attention and grasp of law enforcement.
Earlier this year, Mexico’s central bank released data indicating Mexicans abroad sent home $23.6 billion in 2014, almost all of it from the United States. Payments from workers abroad make up just 2 percent of Mexican GDP, but they can play a much bigger role in particular local economies. One study concluded that “the poorest rural areas” of the country derive 19.5 percent of their income from remittances. Whatever their economic impact, the payments are widespread:
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TRUMP RESPONSE: âI heard the head of Mexico said âno way,â and I said, âNow the wall just got taller,â the Republican candidate told âMorning Joeâ hosts.
It will and here is how: Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards — of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options]. We will not be taken advantage of anymore.
Yes, if we offer to remove the various payments and grants and foreign aid and other forms of support and use that cash to build a wall, who really paid for it?
He’s protecting his billions in trade deficit, drug money, plus what he’s saving on taking care of his own people.
Mexicans are such great neighbors, aren’t they? Just like Canadians.
They will pay. Tariffs, taxes, fees, assessments. There are dozens of ways, literally dozens and they can’t avoid them.
50% tax o Western Union moneygrams going to Mx from the USA would be lucrative also.
TRUMP to Calderon: BS!!
Which will win, rows of Abrams tanks on US soil, or rows of fresh off the assembly line Ford trucks out of the Mexico plants?
So he's not even the current President and thus has no authority, ok, a little misleading as usual when it comes to the anti-Trump posts.
Trump is in-your-face-o.
Remind us why we ever voted for anybody else (ok, that’s hyperbole, but someone at least is now trying to mean it).
“”If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going to provide prosperity to the United State, he is completely crazy.””
Who said anything about PROSPERITY? Who’s the crazy one?
He doesn’t understand ILLEGAL and SECURITY and SAFETY to the citizens of the U.S.? Or he does but cares as much for that as he did when he was Mexico’s president...We don’t need his stinkin’ opinion!
Calderon is terrified that the gig is up.
He and his looter buddies in Polanco have been dumping their problems on us for 4 decades now and using the hissing campaign when anyone tries to stop it.
Trump appears immune to this. They’re in shock.
An ex Mexican president vs. an American hopeful.
Shows how much Trump is feared already. I like.
Trump: you hiss at us, we stomp on you....
How about starting a GoFundMe for it? That would be hilarious.
We give aid to Mexico. The easiest thing t do is to reduce the aid and redirect funds to build. Of course those who want the illegals to come in will not do this. I think Trump will do it and characterize it as Mexico paying.
Mr. Calderon might just get to learn a lesson about negotiation in a few months.
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