Our economic policies are driving desperate economic migrations. Our Farm subsidies are destroying the Mexican farmer. US farmers can sell corn below cost due to subsidies. As a result, the Mexican corn sector is in acute crisis, and more than a million Mexican corn farmers have been driven into bankruptcy and many of these desperate farmers migrate to the United States. Agricultural subsidies have also impacted the American yeoman farmer; it is Agribusiness that benefits. NAFTA opened the Mexican Market to US corn imports and local Mexican farmers are unable to compete due to the US subsidies. American corn prices in Mexico are 15 to 20 percent lower then the cost to produce that corn in the US, driving nearly a million Mexican farmers out of business.
But the destruction of the Mexican yeoman farmer should not be ignored and must not continue. See http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy…
Demonizing those whose families have been sundered by paperwork backlogs and whose livelihoods have been destroyed by NAFTA and US corn subsidies is immoral.
Corn subsidies should be eliminated immediately, USCIS should be fully staffed – and that is just the beginning of the changes that need to be made.
Further, law abiding, tax paying residents who entered the United States illegally due to either the heinous backlog in processing family unification petitions or facing starvation and bankruptcy by the destruction of the Mexican yeoman corn farmer should have a pathway to legal status.
Further posts will follow on this topic from me.