Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican front-runner, revealed in a memo obtained by The Washington Post how he would force the Mexican government to pay for the proposed 1,000-mile border wall he's mentioned so often on the campaign trail.
A two-page document the newspaper posted online states that if the GOP candidate were to win the presidency he would change a rule under the USA Patriot Act antiterrorism law to cut off a portion of the funds sent to Mexico through money transfers -- commonly known as remittances -- according to The Post.
In other words, it would have the potential to destroy the steady stream of income Mexican migrants to the United States send home, putting significant pressure on a country that is a key ally to the United States.
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The memo is dated March 31 and is addressed to Mr. Bob Costa and Mr. Bob Woodward -- both reporters at The Washington Post -- with a subject line titled: "Compelling Mexico to Pay for the Wall."
Take a look at page one of the document below:
Trump noted the change would be avoided if Mexico were to "make a one-time payment of $5-$10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year."
Take a look at page two of the document below:
Other measures are outlined in the memo, including "trade tariffs," "cancelling visas" and "visa fees." The letter goes on to slam the Mexican government, saying it has taken advantage of America through "gangs, drug traffickers and cartels" responsible for "the extraordinary daily cost of this criminal activity."
As the presidential race heats up, this memo gives a glimpse into the GOP candidate's vision of what would "Make America Great Again" -- and offers specifics on Trump's political policies as he heads into a difficult battle against Sen. Ted Cruz in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary.
To read more analysis and details about the Trump memo, see the full story at The Washington Post.
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