"We had the Berlin Wall; we had walls everywhere. But we always looked at the wall as kind of like the outside of the wall is the enemy," he said. "Are we looking at Mexico as the enemy? No, it's not. These are our trading partners."
Dude, the Soviet Union was a trading partner (to some degree), and it was our greatest enemy.
Mexico is not an enemy in the ways that China and Iran are enemies. But it is the enemy of enforcing laws against illegal immigration. Not only does Mexico refuse to assist border enforcement, it actively assists illegals:
Once again the government of Mexico has chosen to support illegal immigration into the United States. This time their National Human Rights Commission, a government-funded agency, said it will distribute at least 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert to curb the death toll among illegal border crossers. They also claim that this does not encourage illegal immigration into the United States; it just makes it safer for those who choose to act illegally.
Mexico is also the enemy of its own people. According to the Index of Economic Freedom report, Mexico is 65.8% free. Under "Freedom from corruption" its score is 30%, noticeably below the world average (which itself is pretty dang corrupt). Its minuses are summarized thus:
Freedom from corruption is weak and is the only factor worse than the world average. Foreign investment in many sectors is deterred by special licensing requirements, although the government is working to make commercial regulations more investment-friendly. A weak judicial system produces slow resolution of cases and is subject to fairly significant corruption.
As I've said before, addressing the immigration issue must include pushing Mexico toward economic reform.
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