Myth: Mexico will pay for Trump’s Wall
Fact: Although President Donald Trump initially announced Mexico would pay for the wall, Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto has repeated his country would not foot the $12 to $25 million dollar bill, and he canceled a Jan. 26 meeting with the president after the wall executive order was signed. White House Press Secretary has said that the administration would pay for the wall by imposing a 20 percent tax on avocado, beer and tequila imports, which would generate $10 billion a year, according to Spicer.
Myth: Trump is racist and bent on suppressing immigrant rights
Fact:The Executive Order on border security and immigration enforcement explains the purpose is to “…direct executive departments and agencies to deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation’s southern border, to prevent further illegal immigration into the United States, and to repatriate illegal aliens swiftly, consistently, and humanely.” Almost any immigrant who entered the country illegally is being targeted for deportation. This amounts to around 8 million immigrants being targeted for deportation.
Myth: Mexicans are not welcome in Trump’s America
Fact: Mexican Americans, who 11.14 percent of the US population, help the economy mainly through field/farm working and ranching, and in 2015 their Consumer Packaged Goods statistic was estimated to be $1.5 trillion dollars, a 50 percent increase from 2010. The chief actuary of the Social Security Administration claims undocumented workers contribute to $300 billion dollars of the Social Security Trust Fund, without the 2.5 million workers, that money would be lost. Linda Jacobson, director of the Population Reference Bureau said, “…Hispanics are an economic force and because they are growing in numbers that won’t change, corporate America is taking notice.”