Donald Trump’s clever plan for making Mexico pay for the wall.


Dorky typo aside, this AP report from ABC News is quite interesting.


Behind the bluster, I’ve always wondered how Donald Trump will force Mexico to “pay” for his border Wall.


Evidently, Donald Trump has distributed a two-page memo outlining a plan for making this happen. On the surface, it’s quite ingenious. In the real world of Congressional politics, me-no-so-sure…


In his proposal, Trump is reportedly threatening to change a rule under the Patriot Act anti-terrorism law to cut off money transfers sent to Mexico. Trump added that he would withdraw the treat if Mexico makes “a one-time payment of $5 to $10 billion” to finance the wall, the Washington Post reported.


So that’s the plan! Defer to the Patriot Act (the gift that keeps on giving) and label Mexico as a national “threat” or combatant of the United States. Perhaps using the aggressive onslaught of drugs from south of the border (despite the fact the free market dynamics of the northward drug seepage are obviously deeply rooted in the demand on the part of American citizens) as a basis for this assertion.


Having thus categorized Mexico as a direct threat to the United States (no small feat), Trump would then be empowered to dry up all funds travelling back south across the border. Money stays in the United States, less incentive to immigrate to the United States.  Win-win in the best-case scenario, but the Beltway and best-case seem perpetually exclusive.


Plus, with the money staying in the United States, how does he plan on “routing” it toward his Southern Wall project?  A special levy on Mexican nationals living in the United States?