Border security has been one of the cornerstones of President-elect Donald Trump’s platform since he first announced his candidacy. He has asserted all along that a secure wall must be built along the United States’ border with Mexico. And he has famously and repeatedly declared that Mexico will pay for the wall.
The border between the United States and Mexico has long been a source of contention between the two countries. The influx of illegal immigrants, drugs and guns into the United States has risen to extraordinary heights. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico send massive amounts of money back to their homeland that they have earned working in the US.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has consistently declared that his country will not build the wall. But his position does appear to be softening. El Financiero reported Wednesday that “Peña Nieto said that Mexico will not pay for the construction of the wall at the US border and detailed that it will invest in modernizing and increasing security in that area.”
The Conservative Tribune reported that Peña Nieto’s statements illustrate that “Mexico has now seemed to be inching toward [the] inevitability” that they will have to pay for the wall.
“That sounds an awful lot like they’re getting ready to pay for the wall, while saving face as they approach Trump’s hard line in the sand. If Mexico really believed the wall was a no-go, they wouldn’t be offering anything at all.”
With more than $25 billion reportedly sent back to Mexico annually, Mexico certainly has a lot to lose. If that source of income were suddenly removed, it “would prove devastating to the Mexican economy.”
During his long-awaited press conference on Wednesday, Trump reiterated his promise to secure the nation’s borders and to have Mexico pay for the wall. CNBC reported that the value of the Mexican peso plunged as he spoke.
Source: Conservative Tribune
Source: El Financiero