I was asked how the Mexicans were going to pay for the wall. I replied tariffs and fees, though I don’t really know.
Let’s say the wall costs one thousand dollars a foot. The total cost would be ten and a half billion dollars. Or a little more than five million dollars a mile.
There are many good people that want to become citizens. I really don’t know if there is a fee to become a citizen, but I have read that illegals pay footage fees of four thousand dollars and up. It is said that there are twenty million good Mexicans living here illegally. If they were all to pay $500 for residency, the wall would be paid for. I am not saying that would happen, it’s just one possibility.
Another possibility is three hundred fifty million people cross the boarder a year. If they were to pay three dollars a piece. It would take ten years to pay for the wall.
Then of course our daily trade across the boarder. It is more than a billion dollars a day. It would actually take a very small fee or tariff to pay for the wall. But once again, I don’t know how those rules work either.
So no, I don’t know how the wall will be paid for. But I am sure it will be. I just see it as a jobs program.