Top Mexican official considers American entry fee as retaliation for border wall

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In apparent retaliation for the White House’s continued talk of building a border wall, a senior Mexican official is considering the idea of an entry fee for U.S. citizens entering his country.

Fox News reported:

Referring to Donald Trump’s promise to construct a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border as an “unfriendly hostile act,” Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray told lawmakers to at least consider the idea, according to Fox News.

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“We could explore — not necessarily a visa, that could impede a lot of people from coming to Mexico — but we could perhaps (have) a fee associated with entry,” Videgaray said. “This is something that I’m sure will be part of our discussion, and I believe we can find points of agreement.”

Contrary to Trump’s statements, Videgaray said the Mexican government would not contribute a single peso toward the wall’s construction costs. He also suggested that if negotiations between the two countries disintegrate, additional action could be considered.

“If the negotiation on other themes — immigration, the border, trade — isn’t satisfactory to Mexico’s interests, we will have to review our existing cooperation,” Videgaray said. “This would be especially in the security areas … and that involves the national immigration agency, the federal police and of course, the armed forces.”

However, the entry fee idea could end up hurting Mexico more than it would the United States.

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Finally, one suggested that nothing would stop the U.S. from doing the same.

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Ironically (and hypocritically), late last year Mexico began considering building a wall at its southern border, to stop the stream of Central and South Americans from flooding its country.

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