US-Mexico border wall
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President-elect Donald Trump has adjusted his campaign pledge to make Mexico pay for building a border wall and now plans to ask Congress for funds to build the wall first—and then get Mexico to reimburse the cost. Mr. Trump claims that he can force Mexico to reimburse the United States by “blocking transfers and remittances.” There has been little detail about how this might be achieved, but attempting such a gambit would almost certainly backfire on the United States as well as Mexico.

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