Donald Trump was in New Hampshire Monday and when he wasn’t leading a “Lock Her Up!” chant against Nancy Pelosi, he was talking about his vanity project wall on the Mexican border. Trump assured one and all present that “redemption money” was going to finance the construction of his dream project. CNN:
“You do know who’s paying for the wall, don’t you? Redemption. From illegal aliens that are coming in,” he said. “The redemption money is paying for the wall.”Facts First: Experts on immigration policy told CNN they had no idea what the term “redemption money” means. Trump is paying for the wall with a combination of US taxpayer money Congress has allocated to the project and funding he is diverting from the military.–
“I don’t know what the President means by redemptions. I have never heard the word used in this context before,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell University. “In any event, the President is wrong. Money appropriated by Congress and money diverted from the Department of Defense is paying for construction of the wall, not immigrants.”–Four Migration Policy Institute researchers focused on the United States have also never “heard of the use of the term ‘redemption’ in the immigration context,” said Michelle Mittelstadt, the think tank’s communications director.