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In addition to branding Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, candidate Trump made specific threats that would humiliate and bankrupt the US’s southern neighbour.
The top three: seal it off with a 2,000-mile wall and make it pick up the tab; rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta); intercept remittances that sustain millions of families. Any one of those events would be a disaster – all three, a catastrophe.
“The export sector is completely dependent on the US market and Trump knows it,” said Ernesto Carmona, of the University of the Incarnate Word, a Texas business university with campuses in Mexico. “If he closes the door to Mexican exports, it will bankrupt the economy.”
A bankrupt Mexico doesn't sound like a good thing for Americans. This is a tough issue because I believe Trump's strategy concerning Mexico will help the U.S. economy in a lot of ways. The most pertinent question may be whether it could end up hurting the U.S. as much as it helps.