U.S. President Obama says that Republican front-runner Donald Trump's proposal to block remittances from illegal immigrants to pay for a proposed border wall, is ''enormous'' and ''impractical.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama says he is "hearing concerns" about both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz's proposals on immigration. During a press conference on Tuesday (April 5), Obama says the implications on blocking remittances from immigrants is "enormous" and "impractical." Trump proposed on Tuesday forcing Mexico to pay for his planned wall along the U.S. border by threatening to block remittances from illegal immigrants that he said amounted to "welfare" for poor families in Mexico that their government does not provide. The Republican presidential candidate's campaign said in a memo that if elected in November, Trump would use a U.S. anti-terrorism law to cut off money transfers from illegal immigrants to Mexico unless it made a one-time payment of $5 billion to $10 billion for the wall. "The notion that we're going to track every Western Union bit of money that's being sent to Mexico- you know, good luck with that," Obama said. "We've got serious problems here. We've got big issues around the world. People expect the president of the United States and elected officials in this country to treat these problems seriously... They don't expect half-baked notions coming out of the White House. We can't afford that," Obama said. Trump's pledge to build the wall along the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-km) U.S.-Mexico border has been a much-touted highlight of his platform targeting illegal immigration in the United States. Mexico has rejected paying for the wall. It is unclear how much the wall would cost, and such a project would be rife with legal and political hurdles. "On day 1," a Trump administration would propose a rule mandating companies such as Western Union Co to require customers to provide documentation of their legal status in the United States, the memo said. "Mexico will immediately protest," it said, but if the country pays for the wall, Trump would drop the remittance plan, according to the memo, which was dated March 31 but made public on Tuesday.