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originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: conspiracy nut
That may be something we can look into still.
The state of Mexico was never going to write a check. The idea that they would pay for it was that the wall would be revenue-neutral for us and revenue-negative for Mexican interests. That can still happen; the drug cartels make enough to fund the wall, and we can confiscate their ill-gotten gains to use to thwart their illegal activities. The only issue is that the money seized must be earmarked for border security. We have had a Congress for many decades now that tries to spend every dime it can beg, borrow, or steal on pet projects, and I see no reason to assume this one will be any different.
originally posted by: Lab4Us
If they can get it earmarked correctly, I think the dollars saved by actually enforcing illegal immigration laws (and saving the healthcare, feeding, housing, etc. costs that goes to those illegal immigrants that illegally make it across the border), would already be a form of Mexico paying for the wall. If the US isn’t paying those costs, Mexico is, allowing the US to spend its funds elsewhere (and for American citizens).