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After President Donald Trump signed an executive order to begin construction on a wall along the US-Mexico border, former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox was adamant that Mexico would not compensate the US for this wall. During an interview on CNN, Fox repeated his previous comments to CNN’s reporter, Anderson Cooper that “Mexico will not pay for that f**king wall, Americans should pay for it.” Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary stated that the Trump team will make Mexico will pay for the wall through massive tariffs on Mexican goods being exported to the US. Former-President Fox fired back stating that If the US were to put tariffs on Mexican goods, Mexico would respond by putting higher tariffs on American exports to Mexico. American exports to Mexico total more than 240 billion dollars. A trade war with the US’ fourth largest trade partner would do immense damage to the economies of both countries.
Many people involved in border security have said that a wall will be a waste of resources and time. Many agents with US Customs and Border Patrol have stated that a wall will not do much to stop illicit traffic in narcotics or people. The majority of undocumented migrants enter legally but overstay visas. Those who do sneak into the border normally work as seasonal laborers in agriculture during planting or harvesting times for crops and then return home to Mexico. Other agents simply state that a wall would be easy to cross with ladders or tunnels. A fence already exists for much of the border and has helped in many areas but failed to make any difference in others. Building a wall along the border would also require the seizure of hundreds of private properties in South Texas due to most of the land being privately owned and used for agriculture. Much of the mountainous terrain in West Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona make building any sort of infrastructure impossible. For President Trump to build his planned wall, all of these hurdles must be dealt with.