Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) denied that Mexico will pay for the building of the border wall that has been promised by President Trump. When asked whether the southern neighbor of the United States will pay for the wall, he said on March 9 at a Politico Playbook gathering, “Uh, no.” While he favors “border security,” McConnell said a border barrier “is probably not the best way to secure the border.” In the past, Trump has said that the presence of natural barriers will mean that the wall need not be continuous. Border security advocates want to see a combination of a physical wall and other measures, such as increased border patrol personnel and technology.
Despite repeated refusals by Mexican officials, Trump has vowed over and over again that Mexico would pay for the wall. In January, he said that funds for the wall would come initially from American taxpayers who would later be reimbursed later by Mexico. During his address to a joint session of Congress, Trump said “We must restore integrity and the rule of law at our borders.” He added that construction will begin soon.
On the subject of deportation, Trump has vowed to deport criminals among illegal aliens. “We are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens,” he told Congress. “Bad ones are going out as I speak, and as I promised throughout the campaign. To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this one question: What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?”
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that “illegal border crossings” fell by nearly 40 percent from January to February compared to the same period in 2016. Currently, it is estimated that there are 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a recent statement, “The early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact.”