The Trump Effect: Why Mexico’s Image Problem Spells Trouble for the U.S.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the U.S.-Mexico border, Laredo, Texas, July 23, 2015 (AP photo by LM Otero).
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the U.S.-Mexico border, Laredo, Texas, July 23, 2015 (AP photo by LM Otero).
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During a June 30 campaign stop in New Hampshire, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pointed to a plane flying overhead and quipped that it could be a Mexican aircraft “getting ready to attack.” It’s not a small thing for the potential future U.S. president to casually suggest that neighboring Mexico is planning to launch an assault, given the close historical, security and commercial ties between the two countries. A third of U.S. territory used to belong to Mexico. Americans travel to Mexico more than any other foreign destination, and over twice as much as they do to Canada. Bilateral trade […]

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