I'm shocked at these comments. I thought this was an alternative (as in anything other than the corporate news) weekly?? For at least 200 years, the dynamic of modern economic history has been colonial powers designating poorer regions as their source of raw materials and cheap labor. It is the reason Africa is rich in resources and minerals but at the bottom in every index of standard of living. In 1823, President Monroe declared Latin America inside the U.S. "sphere of influence". In 1846, using the border skirmish between Texas and Mexico as a pretext, President Polk took half of Mexico (now the southwestern U.S.... uh, with all the Spanish place-names....) Ever since then, Mexico has been the periphery to our economic engine---the fertile ground for foreign investment, raw materials and cheap labor, enriching Mexico's elite at the expense of the general population. Timber, oil, silver... now where Americans' ilegal drugs are produced. Even long before NAFTA, Mexico's poor has migrated to El Norte to find work---to build the railroads, grow the produce, etc. Since 2008's recession, everyone stopped looking the other way and cries of deporting all the "illegals" erupted.
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