The Great Wall of Donald

“One of Donald Trump’s more controversial proposals is the plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Now, he’s breaking down the plan behind how the wall would be paid for. Trump said building the wall will cost $5 billion to $10 billion, and he’s said all along that it will be Mexico that pays for the wall. ‘It’s an easy decision for Mexico: Make a one-time payment of 5 to 10 billion dollars to ensure that 24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year,’ Trump says on donaldjtrump.com. The $24 billion Trump is talking about is the amount of money Mexican nationals make in the United States and send back to their families in Mexico. According to Trump, most of that money is sent by ‘illegal aliens.’ If the Mexican government doesn’t pay for the wall, Trump says he will stop that money from leaving the U.S. by requiring that before any transaction takes place, the person sending the money has to prove they are in the U.S. legally. Trump describes this money as ‘de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico.’ If Mexico still doesn’t come around, Trump says he’ll begin tougher enforcement on trade tariffs and existing trade rules. Then he’ll start ‘canceling visas,’ calling the hundreds of thousands of visas granted to Mexican nationals every year ‘one of our greatest leverage points.’ And finally, if Mexico still doesn’t pay, he’ll increase visa fees and use that money to pay for the wall. Whether this plan is feasible or even legal will require further analysis.”

– ABC News (July 19, 2016)

I’m having a moment of mental crisis.

For a long time I’ve espoused my belief that free, open and unencumbered travel and residency should be a right of all peoples, that globally – that right enjoyed by citizens within the United States and the European Union, respectively – should apply to everyone, world-wide.

I think that a Great Wall, ala “The Donald’s” proposal, is rediculous. However, much of what else he says (see quote above), makes some sense.

I may need to rethink my position.

It “will require further analysis.”

– Bill

 

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