US President Donald Trump said in a speech at Yuma, Arizona on Tuesday that he is thinking of charging people who are crossing the border from Mexico to the United States to help pay for the border wall. 

“Mexico is paying for the wall,” he said. 

He explained to the crowd at the event that cars crossing are “going to pay at the border,” or “at the gate” through a toll. 

There are no plans yet on how much the charge will be or how to implement it. 

However, “it won’t be very substantial,” Trump said. 

Recently, a former adviser to Trump, Steve Bannon, was arrested for fraud because of his “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign. 

Trump, however, denies that he knows anything about the project. 

What People Say

San Ysidro Border

One civilian, Victor Martinez, told the Border Report that the announcement is “kind of d*mb.”

Every day, thousands of people wait in line inside their cars to cross the border from Mexico to the United States via the San Ysidro Point of Entry. 

According to Martinez, charging people “to cross and come back” through a “toll road” is not “the way to go.”

“If it’s going to be like that, Mexico could do the same thing” to Americans crossing the border.

Martinez, according to the report, crosses the border daily to take care of his grandparents. 

Another civilian, Sylvia Sandoval, also shared her disagreement with the plan to charge travelers. 

“I don’t think we should pay for the wall,” she told the Report.

Sandoval, who has been working as a caregiver in San Diego thinks that “a border fee” will be unpopular to the people. 

According to her, people are already investing their time and gas.

Moreover, people crossing the border “already pay enough.”

She added that if it is not for them “working” in the United States, “what would happen to their economy?”


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