"Open Horizons: Reconsidering the US-Mexico Border"
by Ignacio “Nacho” Martinez
The US-Mexico border used to be open once a long time ago. Could we benefit from reopening it again? This issue intertwines economic, social, and security considerations. Examining the potential benefits of a more open border reveals opportunities for economic growth, strengthened relations, and enhanced security measures.
Economic Ties and Opportunities:
Mexico has long been a valuable partner for the United States, contributing to a robust economic exchange. The availability of a cost-effective labor force has driven growth in various sectors, from manufacturing to agriculture. Opening up the border could further amplify these economic ties, providing a boon to the retail sector, tourism, and retirement destinations.
Tourism Potential along the Rio Grande:
Imagine the Rio Grande river transforming into a major attraction, drawing American tourists seeking affordable accommodations, entertainment, and culinary experiences. By embracing a more open border policy, the region could become a thriving destination for boating, dining, and vacationing, injecting vitality into local economies on both sides of the divide.
Local Economic Development:
Beyond the natural beauty of the Rio Grande, the cities and towns along the border stretch could experience a significant influx of economic activity and development. This potential surge in commerce and infrastructure could lead to job creation and improved living standards, addressing some of the challenges faced by border communities.
Mitigating Undocumented Immigration Strains:
Probably the most compelling argument for an open border is the potential to alleviate the strains of undocumented immigration. By creating legal channels for migration, the United States could better manage and regulate the flow of people, fostering a more transparent and orderly immigration process.
Enhancing National Security through Friendship:
Maintaining a friendly relationship with immediate neighbors, such as Mexico, can serve as a strong buffer against potential terrorist threats and other bad actors, such as drug cartels and human traffickers. Cooperation and collaboration between nations can enhance intelligence-sharing and security measures, ultimately safeguarding the interests of both countries.
While the idea of reopening the US-Mexico border brings forth a myriad of possibilities, it is crucial to carefully navigate the complexities involved. Striking a balance between economic benefits, enhanced tourism, local development, and national security is essential for crafting a comprehensive and sustainable border policy that serves the interests of both nations. Immigration is a difficult subject to cover but a discussion and not political speech is much more important to consider the long-term impacts and work towards solutions that foster cooperation and prosperity on both sides of the border.
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Gabriel H. Sanchez is an author, poet, actor, editor, and publisher from the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, on the border with Mexico. Gabriel is the author of "Once Upon a Bad Hombre," "The X Series," "The Martian Ones: Tales of Human Folly," and "The Fluid Chicano." You can read more about him and his other projects at gabrielhugo.com or on his Facebook page: @gabrielhugoauthor.
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