Donald Trump has stated that Mexico will pay for the wall (read the position paper).
Mexico charges a visitors fee to American tourists and business people arriving in the country. The fee is about $24 and the Visitors Permit (FMM) is good for 180 days. The proceeds of this fee are used by the Tourism Ministry to promote tourism to Mexico.
If the US charged a fee for crossing the southern border the proceeds could pay for the wall. A $10 fee charged to all persons crossing the border would raise over $1.5 billion a year. A $20 fee would raise over $3 billion a year.
Position 1: Mexico will pay for the wall
Every Mexico politician has declared that Mexico will not pay for the wall. If a politician agreed to pay for the wall they would be voted out of office.
Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said “it’s also a matter of dignity… There’s no way in which Mexico can be bullied into doing such a thing.
Position 2: A tariff on goods imported from Mexico
The NAFTA (North American Free Trade Association) treaty prohibits most tariffs on cross-border trade.
Position 3: Withhold remittances to Mexico
Mexicans in the US wire about $24 billion to Mexico every year (source: The Daily Texan, or $24.8 billion according to Bloomberg). Donald Trump has proposed withholding those transfers until Mexico pays for the wall. Some experts say that such a provision would merely drive those remittances to criminal enterprises who would handle the transfers. Many expect that Congress would block any legislation to allow this.
Our Position: Charge a Border Crossing Fee
Mexico charges Americans a visitor’s fee to visit Mexico. 129 million personal vehicle passengers and 41 million pedestrians crossed the Mexican Border into the United States in 2014. A $20 fee on each person crossing the border would raise about $3.4 billion dollars annually. A visitor’s fee would not violate the NAFTA treaty nor require any action by the Mexican government.