President Donald Trump is planning to send a $23.6 billion message to Mexico, and illegal aliens will be effected the most by the move.
The White House is preparing to target remittance payments made by illegal immigrants in the wake of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller:
The plans to target remittance payments come amid a broader shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and future executive actions designed to curb illegal immigration. The situation at the southern border has escalated in recent weeks, with thousands of migrants arriving daily to claim asylum.
Officials say the illegal arrivals are spurred by loopholes in U.S. immigration law that allow family units claiming asylum to arrive illegally and still be released into the interior of the country with a work permit.
The migrants are then given a court date at some point in the future to adjudicate the asylum claim, with the vast majority failing to ultimately get a favorable asylum ruling. These migrants rarely show up for deportation, with the senior administration official calling the practice “backdoor illegal immigration.”
The White House plan to go after remittance payments falls in line with a proposal from former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is being considered to replace outgoing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Kobach said on Tuesday that this move will give Trump and the White House an effective option to force the Mexican government into taking more action against Central Americans trafficking through their country.
“The threat I propose is one that actually helps us if we follow through on it. That is the threat of ending remittances from the majority of people in the United States from Mexico who are here illegally,” adding “they don’t want to risk losing that massive flow of foreign capital. In most years, it’s their second biggest source of foreign capital,” Kobach said.
After Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border late last week, he made it clear that our country is full and cannot take anymore migrants.
On Friday, the president held a round table meeting with Border Patrol agents and military officials at the El Centro sector in Calexico, California.
“The system is full whether its asylum, whether its illegal immigration, our country is full, our area is full, the sector is full, we can’t take you anymore,” Trump said. “I’m sorry, so turn around, that’s the way it is.”
The Army Corps of Engineers predicted that about 450 miles of wall, almost one-third of the total distance of the southern border, would be constructed by 2020.
President Trump: “The system is full. We can't take you anymore. Whether it's asylum or anything you want—illegal immigration—we can't take you anymore. Our country is full. Our area is full. The sector is full. Can't take you anymore. Sorry… turn around" pic.twitter.com/AxaG8IsMJc
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) April 5, 2019
This comes after Customs and Border Patrol as well as the Department of Homeland Security have been experiencing an unprecedented wave in migration from Central America.