It was always known Mexico COULDN'T afford to pay for it.
"President Trump is unlikely to fulfill his dream of forcing Mexico to pay for his proposed wall along the United States’ southern border. If it is built, it would almost certainly be US taxpayers footing the bill, with some estimates as high as $50 billion. But it’s worth taking a step back to look at the economics of US-Mexican relations, to see how immigration from Mexico even became an issue in US politics that someone like Trump could try to use to his advantage.
NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) is a good starting point. While it has finally become more widely recognized that such misleadingly labelled “free trade” agreements have hurt millions of US workers, it is still common among both liberal and right-wing commentators to assume that NAFTA has been good for Mexico. This assumption is forcefully contradicted by the facts."
Are you aware how many BILLIONS U.S. languishes, and has done "fighting the drug war" in Mexico?
And as per usual when U.S. fights a war, NOTHING to show for it. No end.
As a consequence of the drug war and the trading treaty NAFTA, it's no surprise people flee.
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/03/trumps-mexico-border-wall-could-be-trojan-horse-for-increasing-us-oil-exports/ Border Wall Trojan horse for Increasing US Oil Exports
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