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Fact check: Trump is still falsely claiming that Mexico is paying for his border wall

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The border wall has been funded by the US government. Mexico has not contributed. The White House declined to comment on our request for an explanation of Trump's Monday comments.

Washington (CNN)In 2016, President Donald Trump promised at his campaign rallies that Mexico would pay for the giant wall he planned to build on its border.

"And by the way, Mexico is paying," Trump said at a rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday.

"As far as I know, there is no basis for President Trump's comments that Mexico will pay for the wall, period," said Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration practice at Cornell Law School.

Experts on immigration policy said that "redemption money" is not even a real term -- and they said Trump was still wrong even if he meant remittance money, the payments immigrants send back to their countries of origin; Trump never implemented his 2016 campaign proposal to tax remittances to fund the wall.

Moments after he claimed at the Monday rally that Mexico is paying for the wall, Trump said, "We're putting a border tax on for cars and trucks that go across.

The White House declined to comment Tuesday on our request to explain how Mexico is paying for the wall or to provide any specifics about the supposed "border tax. " The Trump campaign did not respond to our request for comment.

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