Trump’s idea of curtailing remittances to Mexico is a great idea (wall or no wall)

I have too much to do today to properly tell you all about how remittances (money sent by immigrants out of the US economy) are used to prop up economies around the world.

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Trump’s wall is doable!

And, no time to tell you about how terrorism is funded with some of that money, or that many of those dollars are taxpayer dollars you contributed to legal and illegal migrants through your welfare ‘charity.’

Or, how many of those dollars were stolen from the Food Stamp program.

Remittances are the reason the ‘temporary protective status’ never goes away for certain categories of immigrant in the US.

And, the dream of remittances sent back to Central America is why those countries don’t curtail the flight of tens of thousands of their youths to the American border. (spike coming!)  ‘Leaders’ there assume the kids will send money ‘home.’

Ana Sol-Gutierrez
Maryland Rep. admitted in 2013 debate on ‘Gang of Eight’ bill: “money is a principal driver of the foreign governments’ interest in immigration reform.”

I’ve written a good bit over the years about the remittance game and how it is a major driver of immigration to America.  See posts here at RRW.

This is what the Washington Post said yesterday about the Trump plan (it even brought Obama to the podium to chastise Trump).

Suffice it to say, I am happy the issue has been so publicly mentioned because I don’t think most Americans understand how many billions of dollars leave the US every year through remittances and how that is a major reason migrants come here (to send money ‘home,’ not because they want necessarily to be American citizens!).

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump would try to force Mexico to pay for a border wall by targeting billions of dollars in remittances sent by immigrants living in the U.S., according to a memo released by his campaign Tuesday.

The memo outlines in new detail how Trump would try to compel Mexico to pay for the 1,000-mile wall he’s promised to build along the Southern border if he becomes president.

In his proposal, Trump threatened to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law, to cut off a portion of the funds sent to Mexico through money transfers known as remittances. His plan would also bar non-Americans from wiring money outside of the U.S. unless they can provide documentation establishing their legal status in the country.

Trump said he would withdraw the threat if Mexico makes a one-time payment to finance the wall.

“It’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year,” the memo reads.

By the way, the Dems are quick to tell us that food stamp dollars and other welfare payments to indigent immigrants fuels the US economy as those dollars return via goods and services purchased.

Isn’t it time we find out exactly how our tax dollars prop up third world nations through uncontrolled movement of those dollars out of the country?

The Republicans who are running the House and Senate should be investigating the loss to the US economy of the billions leaving the country via remittances, wall or no wall (Trump or no Trump!). So, where have they been?

6 thoughts on “Trump’s idea of curtailing remittances to Mexico is a great idea (wall or no wall)”

  1. While researching last year, I found that around 500 billion dollars a year is sent out of this country, worldwide, every year by legal and illegal immigrants, including the legal refugees. Prior to this year, remittances to Mexico were second in that country’s income to only the oil industry. Over the last year, the remittance income has surpassed the oil industry.

    So, I would go further than Trump and clamp down on all alien remittances to all countries. I realize there is legitimate needs for families back home, but if the purpose of immigration, legal or illegal, is to squirrel away money back home, with no intent to naturalize or assimilate here…and it often is, according to studies…then the amount that leaves this country should be capped. Studies found that illegals, especially, send the money home, then when they’re ready, they go back to live middle class lives and to start businesses. Many, if not most, primarily live here with the aid of the taxpayer that’s provided through government programs and services, like health care and education, etc. Our borders are revolving doors.

    Saving up to better oneself sound great, until we realize that their elevation of themselves into a middle class position in their country is at the expense of Americans who are driven from the middle class or prevented from rising into it, as well as the harm remittances cause our economy, the burdens placed on American taxpayers, and the security risks to everyone open borders creates.


    1. Consider this..oh, let me see if I can find a link for you: His idea of getting out of the UN is superior also and why? if you cannot find, try Google..”How they in the United Nations: This is relationship to how much money U and I and taxpayers, you now that that work, give out to countries that vote against us the majority of times: Take Kuwait, Qatar, (67); Mauritania, (87%), Egypt, (79%) etc.. you have the high and low here not what is in between. Sit down, you may need to:

      Egypt: we give them $2,000,000,000 annually in US Foreign Aid..this is what Heidi Cruz works for and to overthrow America..Pakistan: votes against us 75% of the time and reaps 6,721,000,000 and one more Jordan gets from us $192,814,000 while voting 71% of the time against the U.S.

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      1. I absolutely agree, Barb. Years ago, I read a statement that was supposedly made by Bill Clinton’s college roommate that said, “Foreign aid is where you take from the poor of a rich country and give it to the rich of a poor country.” Loans are never paid back either. It’s always rolled over to pay a little on interest, if that’s even done. IOW, we, the American taxpayers, are forced to fund corruption at home and abroad and to support our own demise in multiple ways. Excessive and climbing debt is certain destruction.

        People with two brain cells to rub together know that foreign aid never ever works as a method of inducing positive change. Whatever small good is accomplished, like road building, hospitals and schools, is usually lost when it meets with the reality on the ground. The frequent use of funding against us and the debt burden it places on Americans, doesn’t justify any brief small successes. Nothing changes in the grand scheme of things.

        We will not create “democracies” in countries with no concept of personal liberty or representative government. And why would we want to, since democracies are mob rule and always end up eating itself back into a dictatorship? Signing off on a new constitution in those countries that provides for submission to the very ideologies that caused the problems to start with works as well as not doing anything at all, like we’ve done in Islamic countries where we approved constitutions with lofty words about equality, but destroyed them within the same document by allowing Shariah to be inserted as the governing law. These foreign countries are usually so steeped in a cultural system that is historically so invested in the power and brutality their totalitarian government has over its citizens, that it seeps down into citizens oppressing other citizens in order to claim for themselves a tiny crumb of feeling powerful. It’s a cultural and societal pecking order that cannot be eradicated or influenced by funding despots, who are, by their very nature and belief system, not people of high moral character.

        Nation building and paying governments to “help” us to fight against…themselves, essentially…is such a flawed concept that calling it ignorant doesn’t seem to fully describe the sheer idiocy of the U.S. employing a strategy that demonstratively works against our own best interest and supports the very despotic and oppressive ideologies we claim to reject. People will change only when their misery is so great and when the powerful’s positions are sincerely threatened by their own people, it’s in their own best interest to morally upgrade their beliefs and behaviors. That doesn’t happen when they are enabled by feel-good-ism, relativists and agenda-driven subversives at home.

        If these countries and their belief systems aren’t bothering anyone else, leave them alone. We don’t even have to place sanctions on them. Just refuse to have anything to do with them in any way. Nothing. If they are aggressively pursuing the spread of their pathology and include us in their agenda, then squash them, one way or another. We can’t buy belief change. Aid enables them and teaches them we are weak and unwilling to protect ourselves and our interests. Aggressive ideologies see kindness and openness as weakness and as an opportunity. The only thing they understand is running into an unmovable brick wall and a complete and truthful rejection of their ideology, whether it’s communism, feudalism, fascism or Islamism, etc.

        IMO, our government isn’t that stupid…for the most part. There are some really stupid people out campaigning with their prescribed talking points to keep their seats. As you noted, there are elected and unelected people with agendas. Pouring billions into enemy camps, into the UN, and creating extreme debt in this country is intentional.

        The UN outlived its usefulness long ago, if it ever really had any. It has managed to achieve losing its foothold on the lowest rung of the logic ladder and to become so corrupt that it has turned itself into a parody of itself. Anybody that thinks the U.S. or other Western countries should support it are suspect of being deaf, dumb and blind to reality or they think they’ll survive and fare well in the destruction of their own country. History and an inkling of knowledge about human nature tells us they will be more than disappointed by that pipe dream.

        Thanks for the link. Good info.


      2. No problem, Ann. I was just having one of my way too long rants, anyway. Self-destructive people always amaze me, but when they include the rest of us in their political and ideological follies, they infringe on our rights and expose their unfitness to hold any position of trust or authority. If they were as smart as they think they are, they would know why their destruction of others’ rights destroys their own.


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