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Mexico Wants To Teach President Trump A Lesson, But U.S. Farmers Might Suffer The Biggest Hit

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Since becoming president, Donald Trump has taken many well-publicized shots at Mexico’s citizens and leaders. He has threatened to place a 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports to help fund the construction of a border wall, made plans to renegotiate NAFTA at the expense of Mexico, and he allegedly told President Enrique Peña Nieto that he would send U.S. troops into Mexico to fight cartels.

Now Mexican politicians are pushing back against President Trump’s aggressive diplomacy tactics by going after U.S. corn.

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Senator Armando Rios Piter has announced plans to introduce a bill that would boycott U.S.-produced corn for the foreseeable future and purchase corn from Brazil and Argentina instead, according to CNN Money. This might not sound like a big deal, but Mexico currently buys 25 percent of the corn in the U.S.

If Mexico decides to buy corn from non-U.S. sources, it could cost American farmers billions of dollars in revenue.

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According to CNN, the sale of U.S. corn brought famers $2.4 billion dollars in 2015. That’s going to hurt quite a few farmers. Roughly 100,000 Iowan and Kansan farmers combined rely on trade with Mexico for their livelihood. Putting these jobs at risk could hurt President Trump’s claim that he would be the “greatest jobs president God ever created.”

Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa tweeted out his concern for the very real threat Mexico’s boycott could bring.


Clearly it’s not just politicians in Mexico that are affected by President Trump’s attitude towards Mexico.

Mexican politicians are determined to show that President Trump’s behavior has consequences.

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Senator Rios Piter told CNN that this retaliation is a “good way to tell them that this hostile relationship has consequences, hope that it changes.”

You know you messed up bad when Mexico turns its back on your corn supply.

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Trump Nominates His First Latino Cabinet Member For Secretary Of Labor

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Trump Nominates His First Latino Cabinet Member For Secretary Of Labor

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Earlier this week, Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, withdrew himself from his nomination for the Secretary of Labor Cabinet position. Puzder was under fire for many reasons, including his hiring of an undocumented maid as well as his troubling history of domestic abuse. Puzder also has been an advocate for immigration reform, a position that is at odds with the Trump administration’s current policies. The Nation speculated this was the likely reason for his withdrawal.

With Puzder out, President Trump has announced his next nominee for Secretary of Labor: Republican Alexander Acosta.


According to the Miami Herald, Acosta is the son of Cuban-American immigrants who currently serves as the dean of Florida International University’s law school. After the announcement, fellow Floridian Marco Rubio released a statement calling the nomination of fellow conservative Acosta a “phenomenal choice.”

In a statement released by the White House, President Trump said he was “tremendously impressed” with Mr. Acosta’s career.


The New York Times reports that 48-year-old Acosta, who earned his law degree from Harvard University, served on the National Labor Relations Board under President Bush from 2002 to 2003. He followed that up by serving as a civil rights attorney for the Justice Department under President Bush in 2004.



The Miami Herald reports that Acosta served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Florida, and also served as the first ever Latino assistant to the U.S. attorney general. According to his resume, in 2014 Acosta was listed as one of the “nation’s 50 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine.”

Acosta brings along a track record of defending civil rights for ethnic and religious minorities.



In 2011, The Guardian reports, Acosta publicly defended Muslim immigrants, saying that the U.S. is a “nation built on principles of freedom, and high on the list of freedoms is freedom of religious expression.” In 2004, Acosta fought on behalf of Latino residents who had been discriminated against in the Borough of Bound Brook, a clear violation of the Fair Housing Act.



Acosta released a statement saying, “We cannot tolerate a municipality purposefully discriminating against and segregating minorities in housing. Individuals should have the liberty to make their own housing decisions, regardless of their race. We will continue to aggressively prosecute incidents of housing discrimination.”



However, Acosta has also challenged the rights of minority voters, as The Nation pointed out in a recent article.

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In 2004, Acosta used his position as the civil rights chief for the Justice Department department to weigh in on a controversial voting rights issue. According to McClatchy, Acosta wrote a letter to a federal Ohio judge which took a favorable stance on “vote-caging,” a practice that largely targets minority voters through shady proof-of-residence tactics. Acosta used his political leverage to put the voting rights of 23,000 African-Americans in jeopardy as a result of his letter.

Mr. Acosta is the first Latino nominee President Trump has made for his cabinet.



When Trump made what appeared to be his final nomination a few weeks ago, many were concerned by his lack of Latino representation in the Cabinet. With the announcement of Cuban-American Acosta for Labor Secretary, President Trump may have his first Latino cabinet member.

At Trump’s latest news conference, the president took the opportunity to praise Acosta.



In an official statement released by the White House, Trump elaborated on his pick, saying:

Throughout his career, Alex Acosta has been a passionate advocate for equal opportunity for all Americans. His extensive experience has tremendously impressed me and my team and makes us confident that he will lead the Department of Labor with the utmost competence and determination to support the American worker.”

READ: Mexico Wants To Teach President Trump A Lesson, But U.S. Farmers Might Suffer The Biggest Hit

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