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Trump’s Border Wall Will Damage America Way More Than We Thought, Farmers Hit Hardest

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From day one, the signature policy pledge of President Donald Trump has been to build a wall along the United States’ southern border with Mexico. That statement alone ought to be enough to demonstrate conclusively how catastrophically unfit for high office that man is, let alone to be President of the United States and leader of the free world. Yet, somehow, he continues to stumble into the Oval Office every day and implement his deranged agenda on the world.

It is painfully obvious that this key policy which helped Trump get elected on his populist platform is fuelled almost exclusivelt by racism and xenophobia. He got up on stage during one of his campaign rallies and proclaimed that Mexicans “are rapists”, using that ridiculous and nonsensical statement to justify his insane policy idea. As it turns out, politics is actually a lot more difficult than he thought, so he has found it extremely hard to actually get his Wall built.

Already, Trump has deliberately caused the longest government shutdown in the entire political history of the United States in a desperate attempt to get the Congressional Democrats to agree to fund the multi billion pound project. Then he declared a National Emergency and vetoed and attempt to stop it, despite the Republican Senate backing those efforts. And he has since been stealing money from elsewhere in the public sector, including the Pentagon, to try to claw together enough money to get started.

As if this ludicrous project was not already damaging the country enough, new analysis has revealed just how harmful this whole thing is to American industry and economy:

  • Over $1 billion in trade happens on a daily basis at the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the U.S. imported $339.8 billion in goods and services to Mexico in 2017, selling $276.2 billion — that’s a total of around $616 billion, making Mexico the United States’ third largest trading partner.
  • American farmers will feel the pain; Mexico is the top importer of American pork and corn, and the third largest importer or American soybeans.
  • Most of the U.S. supply of fresh fruits and vegetables comes from Mexico — so the prices of avocados, limes, and berries will skyrocket.

That is just a small taster of the report from Think Progress that brings together all the ways in which the Wall will bring destruction to the fundamentals of the American economy that millions of workers rely on to survive. The people Trump claims to represent.


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