ICB Bank Charman Dennis Nixon told Texas Insider in a recent interview that closing the U.S./Mexico border would cause significant economic repercussions for south Texas cities along the Rio Grande River. However, are the economic interests of some businesses more important than the safety or all American citizens?
The historical economic ties between Mexican and U.S. business and commercial interests are very close. Border communities mix their economies to a large extent in spite of the international border.
However, although the economic, business and commercial interests of these border communities may be close, Mexico and the U.S. still are two different nations. We cannot honestly say that metro areas like Laredo, TX and Nuevo Laredo, MX are “one” based solely on their economic ties, because their interests remain different based on their national governments.
The fact is that Mexican politicians have also long harbored jealousy and anger toward the United States since the war of 1848. Those negative feelings are reflected in Mexico’s lack of respect for the border and most international treaties such as water and fishing agreements.
Mexican border communities have flourished because of their proximity to the U.S., but Mexico has also historically abused American immigration laws and even encouraged illegal immigration. We are not living in the era of the “Brazeros” when temporary Mexican workers came to fill certain jobs and then return to their homes. The people coming to the U.S. today are mostly not Mexicans, but Central American and a variety of people from 3rd world nations.
There is also the issue of international criminal activities that have plagued the border since it’s creations. Mexico has failed (or refused) to control drug and human smuggling across the border. This international crime that takes a heavy toll on Americans in many ways.
While immigration was "somewhat" controlled in the past, today it is entirely out of control. Whereas a few hundred aliens entered illegally in a month in the past, now thousands come weekly from all over the world.
Furthermore, thanks to liberal politicians and judges, illegal aliens today have public benefits, privileges, and rights that cost the American taxpayer billions of dollars. Not only are taxpayers paying foreign aid to nations, but their citizens who here illegally receive taxpayer money, and while others send money home.
The economic interest that American businesses have on the border is based on Mexican and other international money, trade, and labor.
Mexicans deposit their money in American banks to keep it “safe.” They also “invest” in American business ventures because those are also safer than in Mexico.
Then there is the cheap Mexican labor that has historically been used by businesses along the border. Mexican workers depressed wages and compete for jobs with U.S. workers, which is a reason why most border communities are among the poorest in the nation.
Business interests along the border are also part of the local Establishments that support politicians. Businesses donate to political campaigns, and elected officials in turn “remember” their donors.
Sadly, because so many poor people depend economically on a few, political bosses and political corruption have flourished in most border communities. In the past few months, federal officials have made several arrests of local officials in border communities for political corruption.
Finally, Mexico must assume some responsibility. Mexican president Manuel Lopez Obrador has said illegal immigration and crime are America’s problem, not Mexico’s, yet illegal aliens and drugs enter through the Mexican border. The U.S. must send Mexico a strong message about the border crisis, and closing it is the best and most powerful way to convey that concern.
American business interests can wring their hands and claim the closing the border is an overreaction, but I would rather "suffer some economic hardships" than lose my country. ICB Chairman Nixon is understandably looking out for his bank’s economic interests, but his bank and our nation will disappear if continue to allow illegal immigration and international crime to pour across the border.
We must close the border, build the wall, close the asylum loopholes, and stop excusing and rewarding all illegal aliens regardless of their age and situation and deport them. We must secure the border and protect America and its citizens.