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Trump Announces Tariffs Against Mexico And Now Is The Time To Stock Up On Tecate, Tequila, And Avocados

The Trump administration, in it’s latest crusade against immigrants, has announced a new tariff regime against Mexico.

These tariffs are allegedly designed to pressure the Mexican government to further stem the flow of migrants through the country so fewer arrive at the US-Mexico border.

But according to most economists, these tariffs will only be effective at raising the costs of dozens of popular items in the US, from cars and coffee to avocados and electronics.

Trump didn’t mince words in saying he was applying these tariffs to stop “illegal migrants.”

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Racism is the basis for this problematic and ill-informed economic policy that will have major consequences for both Mexico and the US.

The news sent shockwaves across Washington, Mexico, and even international stock exchanges.

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President Trump’s surprise plan to levy tariffs on all goods imported to the U.S. from Mexico would strike a hammer blow to the US, threatening the economy and all but guaranteeing financial pain for businesses and consumers.

Mexico is the US’s top trading partner. Such a duty would likely raise prices on avocados, beer, and so many other consumer goods. Ditto for auto parts, computer equipment, and other items that are vital to a cross-border economy that’s been stitched together tight by the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The costs of beer – looking at you Modelo and Tecate – will skyrocket along with avocados, tequila, and so much more.

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Is this the end of avocado toast? Not exactly. But you can expect to definitely start paying more pretty quickly if these tariffs are allowed to take effect.

For their part, the Mexican government has condemned Trump’s latest attack on the country.

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Mexican officials have condemned President Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexican goods over illegal immigration into the U.S.

“I tell all Mexicans to have faith, we will overcome the attitude of the U.S. government, they will make adjustments, because the Mexican people don’t deserve to be treated this way,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters Friday, according to Reuters.

“Please, remember that I do not lack valor, that I am not a coward nor timid but rather I act according to principle,” Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador wrote to Trump, adding that “social problems are not solved with duties or coercive measures.”

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who was expected to travel to Washington on Friday, said on Twitter that Mexico’s treatment at Trump’s hands is “unfair” and does not make economic sense.

Trump’s new tariff move wouldn’t just hurt the U.S. economy. It would likely harm the Mexican economy, as well.

That could have the net effect of causing more migration to the U.S., further intensifying the issue Trump is seeking to solve.

The greatest partner the US has on border security is Mexico and if Trump really wants to solve the problem, this the exact opposite of what he should be doing.

Trump’s latest move was met with fierce resistance on Twitter.

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“The president’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico will only hurt American workers, economic growth and our national security,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, wrote on Twitter after Trump announced his move late on Thursday via social media.

Texas Congressman, Joaquin Castro, called out the Texas governor because the tariffs will have outsized consequences on Texas.

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According to several reports, Texas alone could face more than $20 billion in losses.

Many are very confused as to why the president would pursue such unpopular policies.

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More than half of those recently polled said they do not support Trump’s trade wars, not against Mexico nor China.

But if it’s one thing we’ve learned over the course of this administration is that Trump himself likely doesn’t understand the actual consequences of his policies.  

Unless members of the GOP finally stand up against this misguided policy, one that is deeply rooted in racism, it will cause issues on both sides of the border.

READ: Trump Administration Proposes New Policy That Could Leave 55,000 Children Homeless

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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In the town of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, reporters see a shocking image whenever they visit. Children armed with guns, trained to defend themselves. The disturbing scene is meant to be shocking. The village of Ayahualtempa is under constant attack. A prominent heroin “corridor”, they are the victims of violence and carnage at the hands of gangsters and the cartel.

In order to gain the Mexican government’s attention, the Ayahualtempa villagers dress their children up as soldiers. Then, they invite the media in.

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When reporters arrive, the children of Ayahualtempa dutifully line up and put on a performance. They march, they show how they would shoot a gun from one knee, or from flat on their bellies. They tell reporters that their mock-violent performance is “so the president sees us and helps us,” as a 12-year-old child named Valentín told the Associated Press.

Because the Mexican government doesn’t protect Ayahualtempa, the display of child soldiers is a form of protest for the small indigenous village. The people of this remote region of Guerrero want protection from the National Guard, and financial help for widows and orphans who have been made so from organized crime.

The villagers don’t trust local authorities, and for good reason. Guerrera is the Mexican state in which 43 teaching students were abducted and killed in an event that is known as the “Iguala mass kidnapping”. Authorities arrested 80 suspects in connection to the event. 44 of them were police officers, working in conjunction with a network of cartels.

Although the demonstrations function largely as a publicity stunt, violence is very much a part of these children’s lives.

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Parents train their children to walk to school with loaded guns, ready to defend themselves against violent gangsters.

The attention-grabbing antics have, to some extent, worked. On one occasion, the government donated some housing material. On another, benefactors gave the community’s orphans and widows scholarships and houses. But as soon as the periodic media storms die down, the federal government continues pretending Ayahualtempa doesn’t exist.

The hypocrisy of the government’s response is frustrating to many. “We’ve normalized that these children don’t eat, are illiterate, are farm workers. We’re used to the Indians dying young, but, ‘How dare they arm them!’” said local human rights activist Abel Barrera to the AP, with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

As for now, until the government moves to protect the community, they say they will continue their demonstrations. “They see that the issue of the children is effective for making people take notice and they think: If that’s what works, we’ll have to keep doing it,” said Barrera.

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

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