border issues

From Texas Standard:

Immigration is at the forefront of political discourse in Texas according to the Texas Lyceum Poll, an independent opinion poll that is conducted each year to gather the opinions of Texans on major policy issues facing the state.

David Martin Davies

President Donald Trump's plan to build a massive wall along the entire U.S. Mexico border has it's supporters and opponents among the residents who live on the Texas southern border.  Last Saturday it was the anti-wall forces that wanted to make sure their opinion was heard. They staged a protest on the international bridge that connects Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.

As a Mariachi band played, several hundred people from both side of the Texas Mexico border lined up along the Del Rio Ciudad Acuna Bridge. Then they linked arms and cheered.

COURTESY Julian Aguilar / Texas Tribune

Texas has allocated $800 million to stopping migrants and drugs from crossing into the U.S. during the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. Yet these efforts may not compensate for the ongoing exchange of drugs, guns and labor.

The Texas Tribune's Bordering on Insecurity project looks at the demand for foreign workers and contraband in the United States, plus how these economic opportunities can affect the state's immigration policy. 

After "Make America Great Again," it is perhaps the most common refrain of the Donald Trump campaign.

"I will build a wall!"

And, every time, it's followed by an ironclad guarantee from the candidate:

"And I will make Mexico pay for it."

When asked how, Trump has always been short on details. He cites leverage the U.S. has over Mexico, which needs access to the U.S. market. He has also suggested steep tariffs on Mexican-made goods.

Mexican Border Workers Make A Push To Unionize

Dec 19, 2015

Miriam Delgado was one of 700 workers making printer cartridges in the border city of Juárez for the American-owned printer and software company Lexmark. She's the main reason foreign companies choose to set up factories, also known as maquiladoras, in places like northern Mexico.

Workers like her will work for cheap, as little as $7 a day. After five years working a nine-hour shift on an assembly line, Delgado began pressing for a raise. Then, last week, she was fired.

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