- President Trump said repeatedly in the campaign that Mexico will pay for a border wall
- His latest immigration proposal demands Congress pay $25 billion for it
- A former advisor says he will ‘find a way’ to make Mexico pay indirectly
- One option is to tax remittances that immigrants send to family members in Mexico
- Fee on high tech workers also being proposed
- Diverting funds from reworked trade agreements
- Tariffs would likely to lead to higher prices for U.S. consumers
The array of options include slapping a tax on payments immigrants send to family members back in Mexico, tweaking trade deals, and requiring skilled workers from other countries to pay.
All are ‘indirect’ forms of payment – and come as Trump is demanding Congress provide $25 billion for a ‘trust fund’ to pay for the wall as part of a broader immigration deal.
A former advisor in close contact with the White House told McClatchy Trump ‘will find a way,” adding: ‘The wall will be funded partially or all by an additional revenue stream.’