It’s not enough that we serve as a relief valve for Mexico and Central America; we also apparently have to pay them for the privilege. Excerpt, with my comments:
The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid and investment Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico.
But we’ve been throwing billions in U.S. taxpayer dollars down this particular rathole for generations now, to no tangible result. Remember the old line about the definition of insanity?
That’s our fervent wish as well. Of course, it would help if they came legally.
The plan was announced in a joint U.S.-Mexican statement released by the State Department and read aloud by Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard in the Mexican capital.
“In sum I think this is good news, very good news for Mexico,” Ebrard said.
Of course it’s good news for Mexico! Billions in free money! Most of this, mind you, will wind up in the pockets of the many levels of Mexico’s deeply and fundamentally corrupt government, just like in generations past.
Newly inaugurated President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waxed poetic about the plan to provide jobs so people won’t have to emigrate.
“I have a dream that I want to see become a reality … that nobody will want to go work in the United States anymore,” Lopez Obrador said at a morning news conference before the announcement.
But here’s the real kicker, at the end of the story:
Ebrard had previously suggested that about $25 billion in U.S. investment would be an appropriate figure for what Mexicans and Central Americans have dubbed “The Alliance for Prosperity” in the region.
I seem to remember at one point President Trump talked about re-examining this practice of pouring U.S. tax dollars into unproductive countries. He hasn’t said anything about that for some time, unless I’ve missed something. It would be nice if someone in the Imperial City would at least talk about this waste of our money.