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Border problem greater than just avocados

John Radcliffe, [email protected]

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Around 1.3 billion dollars worth of avocados were imported into the U.S. from Mexico in 2015, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
President Trump can’t cast out all the avocados along with the Mexicans if he closes the Mexican-American border. It could cause horrible consequences.
What would Monroe do if all of its Mexican restaurants had to stop serving guacamole? One of Monroe’s hometown favorites is literally named Avocados.
It’s not just avocados. There’s also people who commute in and out of the country every day and year.
According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, not only avocados, but $112 billion in machinery, $74 billion in vehicles and $14 million in fuel were also imported in 2015 alone. Mexico is the third-largest exporter of goods to the U.S. Maybe Trump should reconsider his rash approach to the issue at hand.
Trump’s reason for threatening to close the southern border is because illegal immigrants are smuggling drugs into the country. Just because he wants to stop illegal immigration doesn’t mean he has to take extreme measures.
On March 29, Trump tweeted, “CONGRESS MUST CHANGE OUR WEAK IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW.” If this does not occur, then Trump will take matters into his own hand to cut off all ties with our southern neighbors.
Closing down the southern border means that all these people will lose their jobs and way home for the holidays. No more vacations in Cancun for spring break.
This isn’t the first time Trump has threatened to close borders either. When Trump came into office in Jan., he made a promise in his presidential campaign to build a wall.
However, over the course of the two years Trump has been in office, he has gotten carried away with this idea making it solely Mexico’s responsibility to pay for the wall.
Now in this current circumstance, we’re at a standstill again. Mexico won’t pay for the wall and the U.S. shouldn’t close the border completely.
It doesn’t matter who does what, the important thing is there needs to be a solution to this border crisis, or rather a compromise. Keep the avocados and hard-working people in and the drugs out.

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Border problem greater than just avocados