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USA Map showing Poverty Rate for Total Population by County 2013

Map of USA showing Poverty Rate for Total Population by County 2013
Source: The Washington Post

Here in the United States, there is a presidential candidate, a businessman-turned-politician, who is leading the polls for his political party. I prefer not to name him; he feeds on media coverage, good or bad. I’ll call him PC. The slogan of his campaign is “Make America Great Again.”

PC promises to resolve the problem of illegal immigrants living in the USA. In his estimation, most of the illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals. For readers who don’t already know, his solution is to build a wall along our border with Mexico and have the Mexican government pay for it, because they are making lots of money doing business with the U.S. Will building a wall to shut us in from Mexico and the rest of Central America make us great again?

He also wants to end automatic U.S. citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants, which, he claims, is the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. This would affect illegal immigrants of all countries of origin, not only from Mexico. Has PC considered the magnitude and ramifications of such a move, if enforced? Echoes of the Dominican-Haitians humanitarian crisis or Nazi Germany?

His War of Words on our Mexican neighbor is very disturbing. I guess when you command the greatest military force on Earth, you can say and do as you please. Is this what PC means when he says that he wants to make America great again? Does he plan to demand respect from other nations by force?

Mexico is the fifteenth largest world economy and the second largest in Latin America, after Brazil. With 13.5 percent of total trade (2014), valued at US$534.5 billion, Mexico is America’s third largest trade partner, following Canada (16.6%) and China (14.9%). While we import more goods than we export to Mexico, our trade deficit with Mexico is nothing compared to our deficit with China.

Mexico is the Number One export market for the American states that border Mexico: Arizona (40.6%), California (14.6%), New Mexico (40.7%), and Texas (35.6%). Figures indicate percentage of total exports by value to Mexico.

There is no need for us to “make America great again.” America is doing well, thank you. America is still the Number One world economy and the nation with the greatest military force. We need to stop wasting taxpayers’ money on endless wars that enrich the One Percent, and use that money to provide a better life for the working people of America.