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Reader's View: Ease immigration woes by helping Mexico

I think President Donald Trump's proposed border wall is a bombastic idea. But on a positive note, it has raised the issue of U.S.-Mexico relations to the top of our political discourse.

I think President Donald Trump's proposed border wall is a bombastic idea. But on a positive note, it has raised the issue of U.S.-Mexico relations to the top of our political discourse.

We could do a lot to curb illegal immigration by eliminating the need for people to leave Mexico in the first place. We could help the Mexican people "Make Mexico Great Again:" Our businesses could invest in their economy. Our government could support them in their effort to oust corrupt government officials. The military could help protect people from gang violence and aid in combating drug cartels. (Not to mention we could curb U.S.-based demand for such drugs in the first place.)

This may seem like a lot of money and effort to spend on a foreign country while we have our own domestic issues to deal with. But consider the money and effort we would save on border patrol, policing, and potentially $5 billion to $20 billion for Trump's wall.

Also consider the costs and effort we've committed to oil-producing countries overseas that don't particularly like us.

The U.S. is an American country. So is Mexico. We are all Americans, and helping our neighbors to the south live better lives would make all of America stronger.

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Kyle O'Reilly

Duluth

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