The Mexican Border: Immigration, War and a Trillion Dollars in Trade. By Raoul Lowery Contreras, Edited by Leyla Namazie and Roberto Cabello-Argandona. ISBN-13: 978-1537418513. 342 pages. $23.95
Next door neighbor Mexico, Mexicans, trillions of dollars in commerce all became issues in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaignâ€¦ Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump attacked Mexico, Mexicans, and trade with Mexico. Trump declared Mexico is stealing American companies, stealing American jobs. The Mexican government he says is â€œforcingâ€ criminals across the border to become Americaâ€™s problem. Mexicans immigrants are criminals and rapists he says, though â€œsomeâ€ Mexicans are â€œgood people.â€ He promised to build a â€œgreat wallâ€ on the Mexican border to keep people and drugs outâ€¦he would have Mexico â€œpayâ€ for the wall. Essentially, Donald J. Trump declared â€œwarâ€ on Mexico, its government, its 122 million people, the forty million Americans of Mexican origin and iconic American companies like Ford, etc.
Former Mexican citizens, Americans by 1848 treaty were critical to the United States victory in the American Civil War in the West. South of the border Mexicans helped Abraham Lincoln by defeating an invading French Army intent on supplying the Confederacy with arms. The Mexican victory on the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo, was critical to the United States victory over the Confederacy.
Decades of peace along the borderâ€¦The Mexican Revolution started in 1911â€¦ Mexicans flow north to work empty American farmsâ€¦Legal workers have their legality erasedâ€¦More Mexicans flow north illegallyâ€¦North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)â€¦Mexican industry explodes in growthâ€¦Global companies open in Mexicoâ€¦Mexican birth rates plungeâ€¦jobs blowâ€¦The flow North of young Mexican men slows dramaticallyâ€¦$1.4 billion dollarsâ€™ worth of goods and services cross the border every day, thousands of trucks cross the border dailyâ€¦a million people cross the border legally each day in both directions. June 16, 2015, Donald Trump declares â€œwarâ€ on Mexico.