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E Pluribus Baloney
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Mexico is South Dakota's 2nd largest export market. We South Dakotans annually sell about $1.6 billion worth of goods offshore, most of it to Canada (about $700 million) and Mexico (about $350 million). For some perspective, that $350 million to Mexico represents the value (using
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Build It And They Won't Come
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And we're just one among many states that depend on Mexico as a customer, many of them even more so than South Dakota does. 26 other states call Mexico their leading trading partner, and 7 million American jobs depend on trade with Mexico. The implications of building a wall between symbiotically dependent countries like ours lead me to one conclusion: it would be a disaster.
Does this mean that the U.S., in our zeal to preserve good customer relations, needs to roll over and acquiesce to Mexico when it comes to its immigration relationship with us? Of course not. Some things bear changing, particularly in the way of enforcing immigration laws that are already on our books. But going the Trump route with that draconian fantasy of his? No way. As most of us know, we're better off trying to make friends than make enemies, and considering the way that our relationship with Mexico has evolved into so many business and cultural ties, abruptly walling ourselves off from each other will only encourage Mexico to look elsewhere for products that they're currently buying from South Dakota.