Trump Plans Ultimatum to Make Mexico Pay for Wall

If he becomes president, Donald Trump plans to force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments that immigrants send home to the country.  This proposal would jeopardize a cash source that many economists say is crucial in keeping Mexico's struggling economy afloat.  For example, in 2015, nearly $25 billion was sent home by Mexicans living abroad.  However, this estimation includes money sent from around the world, not just the United States.  In addition, Trump's remittance proposal calls for the deportation of all 11 million illegal immigrants that currently live in the United States, many of whom are Mexican.  President Obama dismissed Trump's proposals as "wacky".  However, if he becomes president, Trump could potentially implement his remittance proposal without going through the regular public notice and comment process by claiming that illegal immigration is an emergency that must be addressed immediately. Overall, Trump predicts that Mexico would respond to his remittance program by initially balking before giving in to his demands.  Trump claims that "if the Mexican government will contribute $5-10 billion to the United States to pay for the wall, the Trump Administration will not promulgate the final rule, and the regulation will not go into effect."  Given that the implementation of Trump's remittance program would harm poor communities and families that rely on money from abroad to pay for food and shelter, the Mexican government would feel at least some pressure to agree to his demands.
-Margaux Glovier