President Obama on Tuesday criticized Donald Trump’s plan of cutting off money transfers to Mexico to pay for the border wall.
OBAMA: The implications with respect to ending remittances – many of which by the way are from legal immigrants and from individuals who are sending money back home to their families, are enormous.
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Trump’s memo said roughly $25 billion was sent to Mexico and is reportedly vital for the Mexican economy.
OBAMA: We just talked about the difficulties of trying to enforce huge outflows of capital. The notion that we’re going to track every Western Union bit of money that’s being sent to Mexico – good luck with that. Then we’ve got the issue of the implications for the Mexican economy which in turn, if it’s collapsing, actually sends more immigrants north because they can’t find jobs back in Mexico. But this is just one more example of something that is not thought through and is primarily put forward for political consumption. People expect the President of the United States and the elected officials in this country to treat these problems seriously … They don’t expect half baked notions coming out of the White House. We can’t afford that.