Mexico’s new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said there is no way his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States’ southern border to keep out illegal immigrants.
Trump said in his note on Twitter that initial U.S. funding would be to get the wall started more quickly and Mexico would eventually repay the United States. Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway said the president-elect was not going back on his campaign promise to have Mexico pay for the wall.
The United States already has a long, dark history of prison labor. The federal prisons system operates some 53 factories around the U.S. that produced about $500 million worth of clothing, electronics, furniture and other goods in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.