Mexico is fighting President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawsuit threatens ability of 234,000 Wisconsin voters to cast ballots Keep your eye on essential facts in the unfolding impeachment circus Trump administration plans live-streaming border wall construction: report MORE’s proposed border wall because it wants to continue allowing people and drugs to move into the U.S., White House aide Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayVaping advocates feel confident Trump will turn from flavor ban Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Krystal Ball praises former McConnell aide's historic win in Kentucky MORE said Friday.

 

“They don't want it, Gayle, because they want to continue to allow people — and, I assume, drugs, since they're not doing much to stop that — pouring over our borders," Conway told CBS host Gayle King, referring to the border wall.

 

“We have to look at America. Mexico should pay for that wall because they get an awful lot from this country through [the North American Free Trade Agreement] and through other monetary disbursements.”

 

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Conway said Mexico’s decision to extradite drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was “one small step” in the right direction.

 

Trump launched his presidential bid by demanding a crackdown on immigration and calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.” The construction of a massive wall along the southern border of the U.S. and the promise that Mexico would pay for it became rallying points for his campaign.

 

The president took his first actions on immigration Wednesday, signing an order authorizing the construction of the wall, which he has claimed will stymie the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants across the border.

But some lawmakers have questioned the efficacy of the wall, arguing it would be an expensive endeavor that would not actually make the border any more secure.