The Trump administration is considering new measures to restrict immigration from Mexico, a move that could dramatically impact the nation’s economy.
The measures include a new policy that would impose a 30 percent cap on the number of Mexicans entering the U.S. for work and a ban on new visas issued to Mexicans, and a new effort to force Mexico to pay for a border wall.
The president has promised to build a border barrier in his first 100 days in office.
The administration has not yet decided whether to move forward with those steps, a senior administration official told reporters Thursday.
Mexico has long been a source of cheap labor in the U: More than 85 percent of the jobs in Mexico are in construction, manufacturing, and service industries.
That has been particularly true of manufacturing.
In recent years, Mexico has also become the world’s largest supplier of high-tech and software products, particularly in computer and communications services.
President-elect Donald Trump has said Mexico will be reimbursed for any border wall, though the U and other countries have raised their own border security requirements to meet those demands.
The plan is to cut off any new immigrants who enter Mexico for up to two years from getting a new visa.
The move would also allow U.N. border guards to take custody of Mexicans and return them to the country if they fail to return.
The border wall is already being built along the border between the two countries, and the administration is likely to pursue a similar approach, said John Sullivan, director of the Mexico Program at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
The proposed border wall could cost $8.8 billion and be financed by Mexico’s own revenue, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.
The proposal also could lead to a surge in immigration to the U., with more Mexicans coming to the United States than previously expected.
More than 10 million Mexicans are living in the country illegally, according a Pew Research Center survey last year, which was conducted in July.
The U.s. has a long history of welcoming immigrants from Mexico.
The U.n. estimates that there are more than 12 million undocumented immigrants living in U..
S., according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit group based in Washington.
The estimated total number of migrants is expected to increase by nearly 10 percent to 1.7 million people between now and 2024, as more people try to cross the border illegally and their chances of becoming a citizen decrease, the report said.
The United States already has a high number of undocumented immigrants, but it is not yet clear how much the Trump administration will add to the number.