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Jan Brewer: US could use confiscated dollars to pay for wall

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," January 25, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will be, in a form, reimbursed by Mexico.  

QUESTION:  So, they will pay us back?  

TRUMP:  Yes, absolutely, 100 percent.  

QUESTION:  So, the American taxpayer will pay for the wall at first?

TRUMP:  All it is, is, we will be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico.  

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NEIL CAVUTO, HOST:  All right, the Mexicans in a variety of ways have said that's not happening, some, well, even -- I'm not going to repeat the words.

Former Republican Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer with us right now.  

Governor, you have probably heard that the Mexicans are not fans of this wall idea, let alone them paying for it.  But Donald Trump says, eventually, they will.  

How would that be done?  Do you know?  

JAN BREWER, R-FORMER ARIZONA GOVERNOR:  Well, I believe in -- let me first begin, Neil, if I can say, today is a day in history.  

Thank God we have a president that is going to enforce the rule of law and do what he is supposed to do.  And that is to keep us safe.  

In regards to the wall, I think that it will be paid by Mexico.  Donald Trump, President Trump says they will pay for it.  It could be paid with visa applications, border user fees.  I would even support a tax on imports.  Whatever we have the will to do, we will make it happen.  

Bottom line, though, is that way back in 2006, I believe it was, under the Bush administration, when they approved the border fence, there was a committee report that was given.  And it indicated, in Arizona alone, $1.1 billion, illegal dollars, was collected at our eight ports of entry in 2006 alone.

That could fund the construction of the wall, if we get all of the confiscated dollars from all the states, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas. So, it will happen, Neil.  It will happen.  And finally we will be a country that enforces the rule of law.  

CAVUTO:  Governor, as I'm speaking with you, we're getting word out of the New York state attorney general's office that Donald Trump, the president, lacks the authority to do what he's going to do, to cut off funding to states and cities that protect immigrant families, so-called sanctuary cities.  

What do you make of that?  

BREWER:  Well, I don't make much of it at all.  Thank you very much, Attorney General of New York City.

The federal government, I think they are the ones that appropriate those dollars.  That's where the dollars go.  They go from Washington, D.C., to cities, is sent into those cities.  And if they determine that money is not going to go, it will not go.  They write the laws, not the New York City. Oh.

CAVUTO:  OK, so not a fan of that.  

BREWER:  No.

CAVUTO:  Now, Governor, finally on this, and where the president wants to go, apparently, we're told that, whether it's going to be $3 billion or $8 billion, I have seen up to $10 billion, a lot of that money is already allocated in a 2006 initiative to do just this.  

But whether it's there or not, and whether we pay for it exclusively and the Mexicans never do, you think it would be money well-spent, period, right?  

BREWER:  Absolutely, I believe it would be money well-spent.  

And it's not only the wall.  Obviously, we need technology, we need the increase of Border Patrol and the ICE people on the border, too, which he is going to triple and pass 5,000 more border -- but we need technology down there on the border also.  

CAVUTO:  All right, Governor, thank you very, very much.  

It was great seeing you last week for the inauguration, again now chatting on the phone.  Be well.

BREWER:  It was great.  Thank you so much, Neil.  

CAVUTO:  All right, Governor Brewer.  

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