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Rep. McCaul: Many 'Creative' Ways to Make Mexico Fund a Wall

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 01:18 PM

There are many ways to follow through on President-elect Donald Trump's promise of building a wall at the nation's border and making Mexico foot the bill, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Thursday.

"I think there will be a barrier," the Texas Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "There will be a multi-layer approach to this. With technology and aviation assets, fencing and the way to have Mexico pay for it is to add a border security fee to visa application fees, border crossings, possibly wire transfers back into Mexico and Central America. There are a lot of creative ways to do this."

He does believe, though, that American taxpayers will end up paying for the wall up front, with reimbursement to come from Mexico, even though that country's leaders have said they are not willing to pay in any form.

"I think, when NAFTA is renegotiating with Mexico, there will be a lot of creativity going on and particularly Mexico's securing its southern border which it's failed to do," said McCaul.

On Wednesday, retired Gen. John Kelly testified during his confirmation hearings to head the Department of Homeland Security that he doubts a wall is enough to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. McCaul said he has agreed with that stance all along.

"I've been attacked for saying that when I was actually one of the nominees for the secretary position," McCaul said. "I met with Gen. Kelly just yesterday. We talked about this very issue. A physical wall, physical fence will be put in place. But it's not a panacea. It's not going to solve the problem alone."

Kelly knows that, said McCaul, because the "Afghan-Pakistan border was not secured by a physical Chinese wall but rather through aviation assets."

One-hundred percent visibility from the sky is needed to see threats from the ground, McCaul added, and "there is not one simplistic answer to securing the border."

In Texas, he continued, the Rio Grande River creates a real problem because a wall can't be built in the river.

"You can't build a wall in the river," McCaul said. "You can't block off landowners' rights to the river itself. And otherwise, you're seeding that territory to Mexico. I don't think that will work very well."

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